Are Russia's crosshairs back on Georgia?
Are Russia’s crosshairs back on Georgia? War hawk Dmitry Medvedev threatens to annex breakaway regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia – 15 years after Moscow’s invasion
- Former Russian president claims idea of rejoining is popular in parts of Georgia
The deputy chair of the Russian security council Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow may annex Georgia’s breakaway regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The former president claims the idea of rejoining is popular in the ex-Soviet republic, which shares a border with Russia.
Georgia lost control of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, with Moscow later recognising their independence.
It comes as tensions run high between the two nations, as Georgia is alongside Ukraine in seeking to become a NATO member.
in an article published early on Wednesday by Argumenty I Fakty newspaper Medvedev blasted: ‘The idea of joining Russia is still popular in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.’
Former president claims the idea of rejoining is popular in the ex-Soviet republic, which shares a border with Russia
It comes as tensions run high between the two nations, as Georgia is alongside Ukraine in seeking to become a NATO member
Casting himself as one of Russia’s most hawkish political voices since its forces invaded Ukraine, he continued: ‘It could quite possibly be implemented if there are good reasons for that.’
Referring to a possible annexation, he added: ‘We will not wait if our concerns become closer to reality.’
Moscow recognised the breakaway regions’ independence in 2008, following Georgia’s attempt to regain control of South Ossetia by force that led to a Russian counter-attack.
The article marked the 15th anniversary of the independence recognition.
Although Russian relations with Georgia have improved since then, Medvedev accused the West of creating tensions around the country by discussing its possible admission by NATO.
Some countries that fell under the Warsaw pact – such as Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia) – are now members of the intergovernmental military alliance.
Other NATO members now include Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, which directly border Russia. Ukraine is also seeking to join.
Georgian officials have repeatedly said they are committed to joining the U.S.-led military alliance that would preserve the territorial integrity of the country.
Russia declared the annexations four provinces of Ukraine in September last year, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, but none of the annexations are recognised internationally.
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