Georgia joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation could trigger awful conflict

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In the summer of 2008, Georgian forces launched an offensive against separatists in South Ossetia, a small pro-Russian region on the border of the two countries.

The European Council President Donald Tusk wrote that the "EU is unwavering in its support" for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and for a peaceful resolution of the conflicts.

Recall that on 5 January 2008, Georgia simultaneously with the presidential election held a referendum on the question of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership. Russian troops remain on Georgian soil.

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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. However, countries with ongoing territorial conflicts can not join the Alliance, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation rules. Medvedev said. "Do they understand the possible implications?"

Medvedev's comments comes weeks after President Vladimir Putin warned North Atlantic Treaty Organisation against cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia, saying such a policy was irresponsible and would have unspecified consequences for the alliance.

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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".

TBILISI, DFWatch-The foreign ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, and the deputy prime minister of Ukraine are among the foreign officials who will visit Georgia on Monday and Tuesday for the 10th anniversary of the Russo-Georgian war.

Georgian soldiers observe terrain near Gori, Georgia northwest of capital Tbilisi in a file image from 2008.

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

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