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Russia calls talk of Georgia joining NATO "a threat to peace"

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Photo: Yekaterina Shtukina\TASS via Getty Images

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Monday that NATO's commitment to eventually allow Georgia to join the military alliance "is an absolutely irresponsible position and a threat to peace," reports the AP.

"There is an unresolved territorial conflict ... and would they bring such a country into the military alliance? Do they understand the possible implications? It could provoke a horrible conflict...We can’t help getting worried when the circle around our country keeps narrowing as more and more countries join NATO. NATO’s expansion clearly poses a threat to the Russian Federation."

The backdrop: This week marks 10 years since the Russo-Georgian War, which resulted in the continued military occupation of two Georgian provinces in the Caucasus.