Russia Warns of Severe Consequences if Georgia Joins NATO

Georgia’s NATO entry could lead to terrible conflict Russian PM warns

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The Russian army was poised to advance on the Georgian capital, but Medvedev rolled it back, accepting a truce mediated by the European Union.

"We want to recall the first military aggression, in Europe's post-war history, by a country against a sovereign state and the occupation of its territory that continues to this day".

In addition to South Ossetia, the region of Abkhazia also received Russian support to break from Tbilisi; Moscow recognises both regions as independent and has been pressuring its allies to do the same.

In August 2008, following Russia's aggression against Georgia, the two breakaway northern regions declared independence.

Military conflict between Russian Federation and Georgia erupted in 2008 after Georgian troops attempted to regain control of South Ossetia, a breakaway province supported by Russian Federation.

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

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The Georgian forces were defeated within days.

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday condemned Russia's "occupation" of a part of Georgia ahead of the 10th anniversary of Moscow's lightning war with Tbilisi.

He said Georgia had no chance of winning a war against its giant northern neighbour, but gave "the aggressor a smack in the jaw" when it offered resistance and won "time until the global community woke up".

Georgian government continued their efforts for reconciliation by carrying out a policy dialogue for restoring territorial integrity, Koplatadze said. The results of the referendum for joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supported 77% of Georgian voters.

In the decade since the conflict, Moscow has failed to implement the ceasefire agreement brokered by the European Union and "has further reinforced its illegal military presence on the ground", it said.

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. "It [Russia] is a direct aggressor".

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