Russia PM warns of 'horrible' conflict if Georgia joins NATO

Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO

Russia warns of 'horrible conflict' if Georgia joins NATO

Medvedev said. "Do they understand the possible implications?"

"We want to call attention to the first military aggression by a neighbouring country against a sovereign state in Europe's post-war history and to the ongoing occupation of its territory", Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz was quoted as saying after a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial to honour President Lech Kaczyński in Tbilisi on Monday.

"Georgia once again calls on the Russian Federation to stop its illegal actions on the territory of Georgia and to fulfill its global obligations, in particular, to revoke the recognition of occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia as "independent states" and to fully implement the August 12 ceasefire agreement mediated by the European Union", the statement of Official Tbilisi reads.

Medvedev was president during the night of August 7 Aug. 8, 2008, when Tbilisi tried to drive Russian troops out of the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia.

The statement also mentioned Georgian citizens Davit Basharuli, Giga Otkhozoria and Archil Tatunashvili, who were killed by the occupation forces, saying Georgia has repeatedly proved unilateral fulfillment of the non-use of force, expecting similar steps from Russian Federation.

Medvedev added that NATO's expansion is a threat to Russian Federation.

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Russian Federation is ready to resume a full-fledged dialogue with the new Georgian leadership, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Kommersant.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said that worldwide law and order were violated in Georgia ten years ago and that it is still "important" and necessary to remind the world about it. The results of the referendum for joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supported 77% of Georgian voters.

In an interview with RFE/RL on August 6, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who was president at the time of the conflict, said that Russia's motive in the five-day war with Tbilisi was to attack "Georgian statehood". In mid-July this year NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg again confirmed the bloc's intention to one day accept Georgia in its ranks, again without mentioning any dates.

"10y since Russia's aggression against #Georgia".

Georgian soldiers observe terrain near Gori, Georgia northwest of capital Tbilisi in a file image from 2008. "It [Russia] is a direct aggressor".

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