Poland slams Russian 'occupation' of Georgian regions since 2008

Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO

'This (Georgia's entry to NATO) could provoke a bad conflict.

She reiterated Europe's "firm support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia" which she hailed as a "model of democratic stability in the region".

"It is an unprecedented attempt by the Russian side to demonstrate its own military power, which at the same time represents the use of force and threat against Georgia", Tbilisi says.

Medvedev also emphasized that in his opinion the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia that emerged after Georgian military attacked Russian peacekeepers in the self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia could have been avoided.

Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has released a statement regarding the 10 year anniversary of the Georgia-Russia August war, which left 20% of Georgian territories occupied and turned thousands of Georgians into IDPs. "Nowadays no country can change the borders of another country by force", said Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini assured Georgia on Tuesday (12 June) that ten years after Russia's occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the European Union has not given up seeking a "true solution" to the conflict.

After the war, Moscow recognised South Ossetia and another separatist enclave, Abkhazia, as independent states where it then stationed permanent military bases.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, stated that Moscow would view NATO's further expansion, including the accession of Georgia and Ukraine, highly negatively, TASS is reporting.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders discussed ties with Georgia at their summit in Brussels in July. "We do not understand why it is necessary", Medvedev said.

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".

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