Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev urges Georgia to have the courage to sit down at the negotiating table with South Ossetia and to find solutions to existing problems.
On the fifth anniversary of Georgia's attack on South Ossetia, Prime Minister Medvedev gave an interview to the Georgian TV channel "Rustavi 2".
"The problem is, unfortunately, deeply rooted in history. We would like it to be resolved. Which is why I believe that we need to have direct talks, otherwise it will be impossible to do so," - said Medvedev.
He stressed that this is a problem of relations between people.
According to him, one can not always appeal to the large states, whether the United States or the Russian Federation, in order to resolve the conflict.
NATO membership for Georgia would produce tensions - Medvedev
Membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization would not give Georgia any advantages for further development and would only strain relations with Russia, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.
“This would give nothing to Georgia as a sovereign and dynamically developing state, but would create a long-term source of tensions between our countries,” Medvedev said in an interview with Georgia’s Rustavi-2 television channel.
Speaking in regard to the fifth anniversary of the brief war between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia, Medvedev said the military intervention was the right decision for him to make as president at that time in order to stabilize the region.
“I believe that everything that was undertaken by us, including by me as president, our Armed Forces and finally at a diplomatic level, enabled the situation to allayed. They were not easy decisions to make, but I believe everything was done right in that sense,” he said.
The prime minister also expressed hope that Georgia would begin direct talks with South Ossetia on issues such as refugees and the non-use of military force.
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