Russia ready to resume full-scale dialogue with new Georgian leadership, says PM

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

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

"Medvedev's statement is nothing new, we have heard many such statements", - said the MP.

Today on 10th anniversary of the war between Georgia and Russia, EU is unwavering in our support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and for a peaceful resolution of the conflicts.

Prominent Georgian politicians are keen for their country to join the Western military alliance, but have seen their chances of joining hampered by Russian territorial incursions into the two breakaway territories - South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The only United Nations member states to recognize the breakaway regions are Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru.

Medvedev also emphasized that in his opinion the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia that emerged after Georgian military attacked Russian peacekeepers in the self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia could have been avoided.

The aggression against Georgia did not start in August 2008, but much earlier, in 1991-92, Margvelashvili said, when "Russia detached two regions from the Georgian central authorities by means of hybrid war".

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini assured Georgia on Tuesday (12 June) that ten years after Russia's occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the European Union has not given up seeking a "true solution" to the conflict.

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said that global law and order were violated in Georgia ten years ago and that it is still "important" and necessary to remind the world about it.

The Prime Minister called the immoral and criminal behavior of Mikheil Saakashvili that was the President of Georgia in those years the ground for the conflict.

Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine also urged Russian Federation to "enable access by the European Union Monitoring Mission and the worldwide human rights monitoring mechanisms to the occupied territories of Georgia". The results of the referendum for joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation supported 77% of Georgian voters.

Tiny Georgia has been trying for years to join the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as a means of protection from Russian aggression. In mid-July this year NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg again confirmed the bloc's intention to one day accept Georgia in its ranks, again without mentioning any dates.

Foreign ministers from Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland, and Ukrainian deputy prime minister paid a visit to Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia on the 10th anniversary of the war. "It [Russia] is a direct aggressor".

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