10 years after Russia war, Georgia decries Moscow's ongoing 'occupation'

A man leads a cow in front of an Abkhazian tank in the remote Kodori Gorge region

Russia warns of ‘horrible’ conflict if Georgia joins NATO

"If our Georgian colleagues are willing, we will not say no", Medvedev added.

"We want to recall the first military aggression, in Europe's post-war history, by a country against a sovereign state and the occupation of its territory that continues to this day".

On August 8, 2008, the Russian army swept into Georgia - bombing targets and occupying large swathes of territory - after Tbilisi launched a large-scale military operation against South Ossetian separatist forces who had been shelling Georgian villages in the region.

The European Union wrote in its official statement today that on the 10th anniversary of the Russia-Georgia 2008 war, the union remains committed to a peaceful resolution of conflict as strongly as ever.

Margvelashvili was speaking at a meeting with the foreign ministers of Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia in Tbilisi.

The Georgian forces were defeated within days.

Saakashvili said that Moscow was concerned because reforms had made the South Caucasus country a "role model" for others in the region. Poland fully supports these policies, the FM stated, as well as Tbilisi's cooperation with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and is willing to offer further help in the reform of the Georgian defence sector.

He said Georgia had no chance of winning a war against its giant northern neighbour, but gave "the aggressor a smack in the jaw" when it offered resistance and won "time until the worldwide community woke up".

Medvedev added that NATO's expansion is a threat to Russian Federation. In early April at the NATO summit in Bucharest the heads of state and government of countries-members of NATO stated that Georgia can become a NATO member.

"I don't think the current problems (tensions between Russian Federation and western countries - TASS) will last forever".

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.

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during a press conference in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Tuesday.

"We will respond appropriately to such aggressive steps, which pose a direct threat to Russia", Putin warned.

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