Russian PM warns NATO admission of Georgia could cause 'horrible conflict'

Georgian soldiers detained by Russian peacekeepers on the Senaki military base in Georgia Aleksandr Chizhenok TASS

The Georgian MFA says that after 10 years, Russian Federation continues its aggression against Georgia and conducts illegal drills on the territories of Georgia's occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

"We can say that Georgia's integration with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is the only guarantee for the security, stability and sustainable development of the region", Pkhaladze said.

The Prime Minister also noted that the war in Georgia in 2008 could have been avoided. Both remain garrisoned by Russian troops until the present day.

Meanwhile, foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland - all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members - will pay a visit to Georgia's capital of Tbilisi for official talks.

"This visit will not only be symbolic, but we will also talk with our colleagues, president and prime minister, Georgia's foreign minister, how we can specifically support them in cooperation with the European Union and NATO", Rinkevics added.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expressed concern over the security situation in the occupied territories and the deterioration of the human rights situation there.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the "Russian military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia continues to violate global law".

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Earlier this summer, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders discussed closer ties with Georgia and Ukraine at their summit in Brussels.

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.

According to Medvedev, the trade and economic cooperation between the two countries has picked up significantly over the past several years.

"There is an unresolved territorial conflict ... and would they bring such a country into the military alliance?" Poland fully supports these policies, the FM stated, as well as Tbilisi's cooperation with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and is willing to offer further help in the reform of the Georgian defence sector.

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.

"Moscow further enhances its illegal military presence on the ground and prevents the creation of global security mechanisms in Georgia's Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions", the statement added. "It [Russia] is a direct aggressor".

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