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Russian PM warns North Atlantic Treaty Organisation admission of Georgia could trigger conflict

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Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation may trigger "a awful conflict" and lead to catastrophic consequences, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said. It is an absolutely irresponsible position and a threat to peace, ' said Medvedev.

An attempt by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to incorporate the former Soviet republic of Georgia could trigger a new, "horrible" conflict, Russia's prime minister said Tuesday in a stern warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war.

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.

Additional Russian forces entered the territory from the adjacent Russian region of North Ossetia to back up the separatists and Russian troops that already were in Georgia's South Ossetia.

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

Before the war, Russian officials had made clear that they vehemently opposed Georgia's efforts to achieve North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership under Saakashvili, and relations between the two countries were badly strained over issues including Moscow's support for Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Russian-Georgian relations have improved since the war, but the issue of the breakaway regions remains, preventing the full normalization of ties.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the alliance.

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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. "It could provoke a frightful conflict".

"By commemorating the 10 years since the Russian aggression against Georgia, which has significantly impeded Georgia's economic development, we continue to call on the global community to stand united in supporting Georgia and to continue to demand that Russia fully and without any further delay implements its worldwide commitments and starts honouring global law and the right of sovereign neighbouring states to choose their own destiny", the statement said. "I hope that NATO's leadership will be smart enough not to take any steps in that direction", he said.

Medvedev added that NATO's expansion is a threat to Russian Federation. "We can't help getting anxious when the circle around our country keeps narrowing as more and more countries join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to Russian diplomats in Moscow, last week spoke out against what he said was NATO's attempts to deploy new bases and military infrastructure near Russia's borders.

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