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Russian Federation warns of 'horrible conflict' if Georgia joins North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Russian Federation warns of 'horrible conflict' if Georgia joins North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

But Moscow recognised as independent the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, where it has stationed a large military presence ever since.

Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has released a statement regarding the 10 year anniversary of the Georgia-Russia August war, which left 20% of Georgian territories occupied and turned thousands of Georgians into IDPs.

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

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia said it greatly appreciates the worldwide community's support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and the peaceful settlement of the conflict.

The two Baltic nations and Poland stressed that they are striving to make Georgia and Ukraine members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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.

Medvedev added that NATO's expansion is a threat to Russian Federation. The de-escalation of military operations has made it possible to ease anxiety in South Ossetia and Abkhazia and reach a relationship with the European Union and other countries.

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. Medvedev said. "Do they understand the possible implications?"

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

NATO now supports Georgia through the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, a set of initiatives that provides resources to strengthen Georgia's defenses.

Back in 2008, Margvelashvili said, the West believed Russia's military campaign against Georgia "was an isolated move which will not be repeated against other countries. and then we witnessed what Russian Federation did in Ukraine in 2014".

"We will respond appropriately to such aggressive steps, which pose a direct threat to Russia", Putin warned.