Russian PM warns North Atlantic Treaty Organisation admission of Georgia could trigger conflict

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Georgia entirely lost control of both South Ossetia and another separatist region, Abkhazia. We made a choice, it is a sovereign choice of the Georgian people. Russian troops remain on Georgian soil.

He added that the European Union made a "big mistake" in letting it pass without effect, adding that "we have to do everything to prevent this from happening again".

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko said: "All the responsibility [of the war] belongs to the Russian Federation".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders discussed ties with Georgia at their summit in Brussels in July.

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an interview broadcast by Russian state television Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018, on the 10th anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war, issued a stern warning that incorporating Georgia into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation could trigger a new "horrible" conflict.

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Eastern European countries, which were formerly in the Soviet Union's sphere of influence, have in recent years frequently campaigned in favour of the two countries' accession.

Prominent Georgian politicians are keen for their country to join the Western military alliance, but have seen chances of joining hampered by Russian territorial incursions. The results of the referendum for joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supported 77% of Georgian voters.

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. We understand that if any other country claims that they are part of its national territory, this may have severe consequences.

Georgian soldiers observe terrain near Gori, Georgia northwest of capital Tbilisi in a file image from 2008.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to Russian diplomats in Moscow, last week spoke out against what he said was NATO's attempts to deploy new bases and military infrastructure near Russia's borders. "It [Russia] is a direct aggressor".