Russian PM warns NATO admission of Georgia could cause 'horrible conflict'

Russian PM warns NATO admission of Georgia could cause 'horrible conflict'

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.

"It (Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - ed.) can provoke severe conflict, it is unclear why it is necessary", - said Medvedev.

During the night of August 7-8, 2008, Tbilisi sent in troops to try to retake control of its breakaway region of South Ossetia from Russia-backed separatists.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said on many occasions that Russia regards NATO's expansion into Georgia and Ukraine with "the utmost disapproval". "And it is an absolute challenge", - said the Prime Minister, who, as President, sanctioned in 2008, the input units of the Russian 58th army in South Ossetia, and the outbreak of hostilities on Georgian territory.

The European Union on Tuesday reiterated its "firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders" and lamented the Russian military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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Czaputowicz was in Tbilisi on a two-day visit, alongside fellow top diplomats - Lithuania's Linas Linkevicius and Latvia's Edgars Rinkevics - as well as Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko.

"Any illegitimate activity is unacceptable for us", Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said.

Medvedev warned that NATO's attempt to embrace Georgia could have catastrophic consequences.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia said it greatly appreciates the global community's support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and the peaceful settlement of the conflict. "Do they understand the possible implications? It could provoke a awful conflict".

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the "Russian military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia continues to violate worldwide law". I hope the United States and its leadership will eventually see this as well.

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