Russian PM: Georgia joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will be a catastrophe

Cheryl Sanders
August 9, 2018

"The European Union reiterates its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders", the statement said. "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.

After the war, Moscow recognised South Ossetia and another separatist enclave, Abkhazia, as independent states where it then stationed permanent military bases.

A roundtable meeting on Russia-Georgia war is also scheduled to be held in Tbilisi on Tuesday with attendance of the same ministers.

The statement also mentioned Georgian citizens Davit Basharuli, Giga Otkhozoria and Archil Tatunashvili, who were killed by the occupation forces, saying Georgia has repeatedly proved unilateral fulfillment of the non-use of force, expecting similar steps from Russian Federation.

Saakashvili said that Moscow was concerned because reforms had made the South Caucasus country a "role model" for others in the region.

Medvedev added that NATO's expansion is a threat to Russian Federation.

The EU said that it is committed to remain engaged and involved in stabilisation and conflict resolution efforts in Georgia, including by continuing its engagements as co-chair in the Geneva discussions, the efforts of the EU Special Representative, and the continued presence on the ground of the EU Monitoring Mission. The results of the referendum for joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supported 77% of Georgian voters.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the conflict between Russian Federation and Georgia. A decade on, "aggression against Georgia, Ukraine is part of Russian policy", the FM said, it violates worldwide law and "must be constantly observed by the global community, including a sanctions regime".

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

The goal was to dislodge the Georgian troops from Tskhinvali and put things right, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told Kommersant on the anniversary of the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia.

"The Russian Federation has not implemented its worldwide obligations despite constant calls from the global community. and has further reinforced its illegal military presence on the ground", the ministry said in a statement. "It [Russia] is a direct aggressor".

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