Poland slams Russian 'occupation' of Georgian regions since 2008


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. The statement of the Russian Prime Minister in an interview with radio station "Kommersant FM" reports the Chronicle.info with reference on the European truth.

"Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation may trigger a bad conflict and lead to catastrophic consequences".

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev holds a meeting at his Gorki residence today.

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

At a summit in Bucharest ten years ago, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states released a joint statement saying Georgia and Ukraine would become a part of the Alliance in the future. The NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center, started in 2015, strives to help reform and modernize Georgia's security forces through cooperative, multi-national training exercises.

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

The foreign affairs ministry in Tbilisi said Russian Federation was conducting large-scale military drills involving thousands of troops and hundreds of vehicles in the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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. Only Russia and a handful of countries recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent.

"There is an unresolved territorial conflict. and would they bring such a country into the military alliance?" he said.

While around 75% of Georgians said they were in favour of a possible Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, 81% voiced support for European Union membership. I hope the United States and its leadership will eventually see this as well.