Russia's Medvedev Warns Of 'Horrible' Conflict If Georgia Joins NATO

Lester Mason
August 9, 2018

By the end of the conflict on August 12, several hundred people had died and Moscow subsequently recognized South Ossetia and Georgia's other breakaway region, Abkhazia, as independent states and has stationed military forces there ever since.

The sabre-rattling came on the 10th anniversary of the Russian invasion, which deprived Georgia of one-fifth of its territory.

Additional Russian forces entered the territory from the adjacent Russian region of North Ossetia to back up the separatists and Russian troops that already were in Georgia's South Ossetia.

Russia's deputy foreign minister, Grigory Karasin, told Russian news agency TASS that Tbilisi and other world capitals should draw conclusions from the August 2008 events and understand that any act of aggression will inevitably entail punishment.

In the decade since the conflict, Moscow has failed to implement the ceasefire agreement brokered by the European Union and "has further reinforced its illegal military presence on the ground", it said.

The prime minister recalled that the 2008 armed conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia, which also involved Russian Federation, "was not inevitable" and "could have been prevented".

Allies including the United States refrained from intervening.

"We shouldn't be afraid to call things by their names".

The Russian prime minister described NATO's eastward expansion as a major security threat to Russia.

Before the war, Russian officials had made clear that they vehemently opposed Georgia's efforts to achieve North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership under Saakashvili, and relations between the two countries were badly strained over issues including Moscow's support for Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the alliance. 7, 2018, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an interview broadcast by Russian state television on the 10th anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war issued a stern warning that incorporating Georgia into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a "threat to peace" and could trigger a new "horrible" conflict. "Even with the occupation of 20 percent of its territory, Georgia has made very significant progress in implementing reforms and has become a reliable and exemplary partner of both the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation", they said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to Russian diplomats in Moscow, last week spoke out against what he said was NATO's attempts to deploy new bases and military infrastructure near Russia's borders.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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