Georgia joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation could trigger bad conflict

Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO

Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, said that Russia is "extremely negative" would react to the further expansion of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, in particular, because of entering into an Alliance of Georgia and Ukraine.

"Georgia becoming part of the North-Atlantic Alliance might trigger a bad conflict".

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev holds a meeting at his Gorki residence today.

In response to Medvedev's opposition, Tengiz Pkhaladze, advisor to the president of Georgia on foreign affairs, said Georgia's integration with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was "important for security and stability of the region". In early April at the NATO summit in Bucharest the heads of state and government of countries-members of NATO stated that Georgia can become a NATO member.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders discussed ties with Georgia at their summit in Brussels in July, a move Medvedev, who was president when Russian and Georgian forces clashed in 2008, condemned.

A Georgian national flag flying at half mast in Tbilisi in honour of those killed during the conflict between Georgia and Russian Federation in August 2008.

Dmitry Medvedev, speaking in an interview with the Kommersant daily broadcast by Russian state television, called NATO's plans to offer membership to Georgia in the future "absolutely irresponsible" and a "threat to peace", the Associated Press reports. The NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center, started in 2015, strives to help reform and modernize Georgia's security forces through cooperative, multi-national training exercises.

The ministers, in a news conference, called Russia's invasion on the Georgian soils "unacceptable".

Georgian soldiers are seen atop a tank in August 2008 as it makes its way along a street, as a monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin is seen in the background, in Gori, Georgia.

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.

"Georgia once again calls on the Russian Federation to stop its illegal actions on the territory of Georgia and to fulfill its worldwide 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. However, countries with ongoing territorial conflicts can not join the Alliance, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation rules. "Do they understand the possible implications?"

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