An attempt by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to incorporate the former Soviet republic of Georgia could trigger a new, "horrible" conflict, Russia's prime minister said Tuesday in a stern warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war.
Over just five days, Russian Federation defeated Georgia's small military and the conflict ended with a ceasefire mediated by France's then-president Nicolas Sarkozy, who at the time held the European Union's rotating presidency.
Poland's top diplomat also called on Moscow to "renounce its illegal recognition of the independence of Georgian regions" (Abkhazia and Tskhinvali) and withdraw its forces in line with the 2012 ceasefire.
Medvedev also emphasized that in his opinion the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia that emerged after Georgian military attacked Russian peacekeepers in the self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia could have been avoided. "We do not understand why it is necessary", Medvedev said. The EU's engagement with Georgia is a true partnership based on political association and economic integration, as well as on a strong friendship between our peoples.
Meanwhile, foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland - all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members - will pay a visit to Georgia's capital of Tbilisi for official talks.
Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the alliance.
Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join NATO.
Medvedev's comments come weeks after President Vladimir Putin warned North Atlantic Treaty Organisation against cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia, saying such a policy was irresponsible and would have unspecified consequences for the alliance.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expansion causes concern in Moscow, as the military capabilities of the Alliance, including nuclear weapons aimed at Russian Federation.