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Georgia accuses Russian Federation of military buildup as Moscow warns of 'terrible conflict'

09 August 2018

It is an absolutely irresponsible position and a threat to peace, ' said Medvedev.

After the war, Georgia entirely lost control of both South Ossetia and another separatist region, Abkhazia.

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.

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"... We continue to call on Russia to reverse its illegal recognition of the so-called independence of Georgia's Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia regions, to fully implement the 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement, to engage in a constructive manner into the process of Geneva International Discussions (GID), and to enable access by the European Union Monitoring Mission and the international human rights monitoring mechanisms to the occupied territories of Georgia", the countries said in a joint communique commemorating the decade since Russian aggression against Georgia. "What Russia did and is doing against a sovereign government is a war between Russia Georgia, it's aggression, it's an occupation and it's a violation of all worldwide norms", president Giorgi Margvelashvili told ministers from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine at a meeting in the capital Tbilisi.

In an interview with RFE/RL on August 6, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who was president at the time of the conflict, said that Russia's motive in the five-day war with Tbilisi was to attack "Georgian statehood".

"Together with the Georgian authorities, we would like to remind the world about the violation of Georgia's independence, the tragedy of thousands of families expelled from their homes, hundreds of people killed and wounded", Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said.

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The Russian prime minister described NATO's eastward expansion as a major security threat to Russia. However, countries with ongoing territorial conflicts can not join the Alliance, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation rules.

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.

Medvedev's comments come 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. The Russian military quickly routed the Georgian army during the August 2008 war.

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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.

Georgia accuses Russian Federation of military buildup as Moscow warns of 'terrible conflict'