Russia decries planned Nato exercise in Georgia

BARVIKHA––The decision to hold a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) exercise in Georgia is shortsighted and not worthy of true partnership, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday at a news conference following talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilkham Aliyev.

Since this decision is building up tension in the region, Medvedev said Russia will closely monitor it and make decisions along the way if needed, Medvedev said.

“I am certain this decision will add nothing to the positive sentiment of people in South Ossetia and Abkhazia because this sort of action is clearly expected to serve as a show of muscle, as a buildup of the military component. In a situation where all of us are already in a rather strained condition, this decision looks shortsighted and not worthy of true partnership,” he said.

“As far as Russia’s relations with the North Atlantic Alliance are concerned, such decisions are disappointing and by no means contribute to resumption of full-fledged contacts between Russia and NaTO,” Medvedev said. “We shall be following everything that will be happening there in the most attentive way and, if need be, take this or that decision.”

“At a time when this or that military bloc is conducting an exercise there where just recently there was a very high degree of tension — and the situation there is not a very easy one today — all this is fraught with all sorts of complications,” Medvedev said.
philippine news agency | itar-tass

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