Medvedev: Georgia’s accession to NATO may provoke “terrible conflict”

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MOSCOW, August 6. /Basereporter.com/. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Georgia’s accession to NATO could lead to catastrophic consequences.

“This [Georgia’s accession to NATO] can provoke severe conflict, it is unclear why it is necessary”, – he said in an interview with radio station “Kommersant FM”, a fragment of which aired on Monday.

The Prime Minister also noted that the armed conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia, which occurred in 2008 and which entered Russia, could have been prevented. “There is no inevitability was not” – said Medvedev.

July 12, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the organization’s intention to accept Georgia into the Alliance, without specifying when that might happen. Ten years ago at the NATO summit in Bucharest the heads of state of the Alliance promised that Ukraine and Georgia will eventually become NATO members.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, said that Russia is “extremely negatively” would react to the further expansion of NATO to include Georgia and Ukraine.

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