Lavrov: Russia concerned about NATO ambitions of Georgia
Today the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told about Russia's concern about Georgia's accession into NATO. In particular, according to Lavrov, Russia fears that Georgia's accession into NATO could push the Georgian authorities to repeat the events of August 2008. As the GHN reported, Lavrov said this today after a meeting of NATO-Russia Council, which took place in Brussels.
The subject of Georgia was discussed at today's meeting in the context of the communiquй, adopted on the eve by foreign ministers of NATO member countries, in which Georgia is mentioned as a country seeking to join the bloc, said the Russian minister.
"I would extremely warn our colleagues against pushing, willingly or unwillingly, the current Georgian regime to a repetition of something like adventure in August 2008. Because in that moment it was also soon after the Bucharest NATO summit, where it was categorically written that Georgia would be in NATO", said Lavrov. His words are quoted by RIA Novosti.
"I expressed the hope that NATO members will still responsibly approach to encouragement this sort of events like the August 2008 events in the region, which is strategic not only for the South Caucasus, but also for the Russian Federation. Our closest allies and neighbors live there. I hope I was heard", the Russian Foreign Minister concluded.
Earlier today, Minister of State for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia Giorgi Baramidze said, that at the NATO ministerial, it was decided to make Georgia a so-called "postgraduate country" of NATO.
"This is a specific term that is used for those countries which have received the MAP. They are Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro. Georgia has grouped with those countries that were on the way to NATO and received the MAP. "This means that the tools of the entry of our country are in fact equal to the institutions of these countries", Baramidze said.
"This is underlined document. NATO welcomes the implementation of reforms in the postgraduate countries and supports the continuation of these reforms. As a conclusion we can say that in an official document by NATO, Georgia for the first time was elevated to the status of candidate for membership in NATO. It is very important that Georgia is officially recorded on the way of membership, in a group of potential candidates. In a qualitative sense, it gives us an entirely different status, and of course, in political terms it will be important on the way to NATO membership", concluded the Minister of State.