Poland confirms support for territorial integrity of Georgia


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.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia said it greatly appreciates the global community's support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and the peaceful settlement of the conflict.

"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.

Tbilisi fought a five-day war with Russian Federation in 2008 over Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Georgia has been making efforts to restore territorial integrity of the country, said Georgia's ambassador to Turkey on the 10th anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war.

By the end of the conflict on August 12, several hundred people had died and Moscow subsequently recognized South Ossetia and Georgia's other breakaway region, Abkhazia, as independent states and has stationed military forces there ever since.

"We are willing to develop relations with the new Georgian leadership, no matter the names or party affiliation", he noted.

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Medvedev added that NATO's expansion is a threat to Russian Federation.

Earlier this summer, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders discussed closer ties with Georgia and Ukraine at their summit in Brussels. "Do they understand the possible implications?"

"There is an unresolved territorial conflict ... and would they bring such a country into the military alliance?"

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join NATO.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, said that Russia is "extremely negative" would react to the further expansion of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, in particular, because of entering into an Alliance of Georgia and Ukraine.

The joint trip to Tbilisi followed in the footsteps of the late Polish President Lech Kaczyński, who in August 2008 organised a visit in support of Georgia.