Russia’s President Vladimir Putin cautioned NATO against developing deeper relations with Ukraine and Georgia, evaluating such a policy was irresponsible and would have consequences for the military alliance.
«Our colleagues, who are trying to aggravate the situation, seeking to include, among others, Ukraine and Georgia in the orbit of the alliance, should think about the possible consequences of such an irresponsible policy,» Putin told in a meeting with Russian diplomats on Thursday, July 19, in Moscow as cited by Canadian-British news agency Reuters.
The news agency wrote that NATO leaders stated in 2008 that Georgia and Ukraine would join the organisation some time in the future, but according to NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts cannot join NATO.
Now, large territories in both countries are controlled by Russian soldiers. This is seen by Kyiv, Tbilisi, the Baltic states and the West as illegal occupation, while Moscow insists Russian troop presence is in line with the will of local populations.