The Russian Minister said to journalists: “The Georgian President expressed his interest in the integrity of the state. Our President expressed our aspiration to settlement of conflicts, and they discussed how to do it. We said that NATO expansion would provoke new confrontation in the region”.
Sergey Lavrov emphasized: “If Georgia expects that its membership in NATO would be a facility to solve the problems of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, it is a mistake that will entail new bloodshed”.
According to the Russian Foreign Minister, the Georgian President at the meeting with the Russian leader “let us clearly see that he even does not think about a possible use of the NATO membership for resolution of these conflicts by force”.
Sergey Lavrov noted that the Russian side urged Tbilisi to sign a respective agreement on non-use of force for resolution of conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which draft has been prepared already.
Lavrov also reminded that both Abkhazia and South Ossetia stand flatly against membership in NATO. He also reminded that certain NATO member-states at their meetings with the Russian party expressly claimed that Georgia is still not ready to be a member of the Alliance, RIA Novosti reports.