Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Georgia's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation future resurfaces during Russian Federation conflict anniversary

Georgia's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation future resurfaces during Russian Federation conflict anniversary

The first is that ever since Russia's invasion of the Georgian breakaway province of South Ossetia in 2008, it has maintained military bases on territory that is internationally recognised as Georgian.

Additional Russian forces entered the territory from the adjacent Russian region of North Ossetia to back up the separatists and Russian troops that already were in Georgia's South Ossetia.

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

Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation may trigger "a bad conflict" and lead to catastrophic consequences, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said.

"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.

During the night of August 7-8, 2008, Tbilisi sent in troops to try to retake control of its breakaway region of South Ossetia from Russia-backed separatists.

"There is an unresolved territorial conflict ... and would they bring such a country into the military alliance?" Georgia also contributes to NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. The NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center, started in 2015, strives to help reform and modernize Georgia's security forces through cooperative, multi-national training exercises.

He added that "Russia's aggressive policy in the region, the lack of will to regulate the conflicts caused by the Kremlin, is a serious threat to post-war order in Europe and compliance with worldwide law". "Even with the occupation of 20 percent of its territory, Georgia has made very significant progress in implementing reforms and has become a reliable and exemplary partner of both the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation", they said.

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.

NATO now supports Georgia through the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, a set of initiatives that provides resources to strengthen Georgia's defenses.

It called the operations an "unprecedented attempt by Russian Federation to demonstrate its military power" and threaten Georgia, a tiny Caucasian country sandwiched between Russian Federation and Turkey on the Black Sea.

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