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Georgia’s Accession to NATO May Trigger 'Terrible Conflict,' Says Russian PM

Georgia’s Accession to NATO May Trigger 'Terrible Conflict,' Says Russian PM

Russian forces entered two breakaway Georgian regions in 2008, which remain garrisoned by Russian troops to this day, something Moscow says is in keeping with local people's wishes, but which the West and the Georgian government call an illegal occupation.

Ten years have passed since August 2008, but the conflict is still unresolved.

"This is a war against Georgia, an aggression, an occupation, and a blatant violation of worldwide law", Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili told a round table meeting attended by Georgian government officials and visiting foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine's vice premier.

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during a press conference in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Tuesday.

The two Baltic nations and Poland stressed that they are striving to make Georgia and Ukraine members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The offer by the European Commission to let the College meet on an annual basis with Georgia's leadership is unique when comparing it to relations between the EU and other third countries, writes Steven Blockmans.

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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.

Earlier this summer, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders discussed closer ties with Georgia and Ukraine at their summit in Brussels. "We do not understand why it is necessary", Medvedev said.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the alliance. The results of the referendum for joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supported 77% of Georgian voters.

Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin have repeatedly stated that NATO's expansion on the territory of the former Soviet Union would only bring additional tensions in the world as Russia would have to reply to the buildup of foreign military forces near its borders.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expansion causes concern in Moscow, as the military capabilities of the Alliance, including nuclear weapons aimed at Russian Federation. "It [Russia] is a direct aggressor".