Poland slams Russian 'occupation' of Georgian regions since 2008

  • Poland slams Russian 'occupation' of Georgian regions since 2008

Poland slams Russian 'occupation' of Georgian regions since 2008

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.

Asked in an interview about Nato's recent affirmation that Georgia would at some point become a member, he warned that this could lead to "terrible conflict".

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev holds a meeting at his Gorki residence today.

He also said that the 2008 August war "could have been avoided".

In response to Medvedev's opposition, Tengiz Pkhaladze, advisor to the president of Georgia on foreign affairs, said Georgia's integration with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was "important for security and stability of the region". Ten years ago at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Bucharest the heads of state of the Alliance promised that Ukraine and Georgia will eventually become North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members. "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 global norms", president Giorgi Margvelashvili told ministers from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine at a meeting in the capital Tbilisi.

The ministers called on Russian Federation to rethink its decision to recognise the independence of the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

'As for the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation decision reaffirming its commitment to eventually admit Georgia, what can I say to this? Medvedev suggested that before entering South Ossetia, Saakashvili spoke with his patrons in the United States.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Georgian foreign ministry denounced Russia's continued military build-up in the separatist regions. After the cessation of hostilities, Moscow officially recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the alliance. We understand that if any other country claims that they are part of its national territory, this may have severe consequences. "I hope that NATO's leadership will be smart enough not to take any steps in that direction", he said.