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.
On Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told radio station Kommersant FM that any future North Atlantic Treaty Organisation decision to admit Georgia to the Alliance "could provoke a bad conflict".
Foreign affairs chiefs from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine met in Georgia this week to take part in commemorations marking 10 years since Russia's 2008 invasion of the Caucasus Republic and reiterate hopes that the country could soon join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.More news: Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend - here’s how to watch
Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev holds a meeting at his Gorki residence today.
In a show of support for Georgia, foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, and a Cabinet member from Ukraine, visited Tbilisi Tuesday, urging Russian Federation to withdraw its troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders discussed ties with Georgia at their summit in Brussels in July, a move Medvedev, who was president when Russian and Georgian forces clashed in 2008, condemned.More news: Breast-Feeding Tips For New Moms..
Nevertheless, a survey recently conducted by the Georgian National Democratic Institute (NDI) revealed that domestic support for Georgia's accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union is on the rise compared to previous years. It is an absolutely irresponsible position and a threat to peace, ' said Medvedev.
Georgian soldiers are seen atop a tank in August 2008 as it makes its way along a street, as a monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin is seen in the background, in Gori, Georgia.
In an interview with RFE/RL on August 6, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who was president at the time of the conflict, said that Russia's motive in the five-day war with Tbilisi was to attack "Georgian statehood". 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.More news: United Kingdom poised to ask Russian Federation to extradite Salisbury attack suspects
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. We understand that if any other country claims that they are part of its national territory, this may have severe consequences. "I hope that NATO's leadership will be smart enough not to take any steps in that direction", he said. However, countries with ongoing territorial conflicts can not join the Alliance, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation rules.