An attempt by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to incorporate the former Soviet republic of Georgia could trigger a new, "horrible" conflict, Russia's prime minister said Tuesday in a stern warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war.
In a joint statement issued on the 10th anniversary of "the Russian military aggression against Georgia", the four countries demanded that Russia "fully implement" a 2008 ceasefire agreement and "engage in a constructive manner into the process of Geneva International Discussions (GID)", which were launched in Geneva, Switzerland, in October 2008, to address the consequences of the conflict in Georgia.
He also said that the 2008 August war "could have been avoided".
Georgia deployed troops to South Ossetia on the night of August 7-8, 2008, and tried to take control of the region.
The only United Nations member states to recognize the breakaway regions are Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru.
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"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.
"We can say that Georgia's integration with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is the only guarantee for the security, stability and sustainable development of the region", Pkhaladze said.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko said: "All the responsibility [of the war] belongs to the Russian Federation".
Earlier this summer, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders discussed closer ties with Georgia and Ukraine at their summit in Brussels.
Prominent Georgian politicians are keen for their country to join the Western military alliance, but have seen chances of joining hampered by Russian territorial incursions. "Do they understand the possible implications?"
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Russian President Vladimir Putin had also said that he would view NATO's further expansion with Georgia and Ukraine "highly negatively".
Today on 10th anniversary of the war between Georgia and Russia, EU is unwavering in our support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and for a peaceful resolution of the conflicts.
Georgian soldiers observe terrain near Gori, Georgia northwest of capital Tbilisi in a file image from 2008.
"Moscow further enhances its illegal military presence on the ground and prevents the creation of worldwide security mechanisms in Georgia's Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions", the statement added.
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