August 6, 2018
Russian Prime Minister Threatens Conflict If Georgia Joins NATO
By Andrew Osborn, Reuters
“This (Georgia’s entry to NATO) could provoke a terrible conflict. I don’t understand what they are doing this for,” Medvedev told Russia’s Kommersant newspaper in an interview....
“As for the recent NATO decision reaffirming its commitment to eventually admit Georgia, what can I say to this? It is an absolutely irresponsible position and a threat to peace,” said Medvedev....
[Medvedev:] “Yes, clearly so, because we view Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. We understand that if any other country claims that they are part of its national territory, this may have severe consequences. Therefore, I hope that the NATO leadership will have enough sense not to take any steps in this direction.”
Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts cannot join the alliance.