Deployment of new military systems near Russia’s borders would trigger Moscow’s response and will be outlined in the defense planning, Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev said speaking on Georgia’s possible accession to NATO, TASS reports.
"[NATO] newcomers join various programs aimed at containing Russia. The most vivid example is the development of the European missile defense system," the senator said at a meeting with journalists from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
"All this will create additional tensions in the South Caucasus and all this will certainly mean Russia’s defense planning in response. This should not be a secret or come as a surprise for anyone," Kosachev noted.
According to the senator, the deployment of new military systems in close proximity to the Russian borders will entail "full" measures. "This should be very clear for our Georgian partners," he stressed.
During the Bucharest summit ten years ago, NATO leaders vowed that Georgia and Ukraine would eventually be granted membership in the alliance. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a Fox News interview earlier this month that Moscow’s reaction to NATO’s decision to grant membership to Ukraine and Georgia would be "extremely negative."