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Russia may annex Georgian breakaway regions – Medvedev

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Russia may annex Georgian breakaway regions – Medvedev

DMITRY MEDVEDEV. Deputy head of Russia's Security Council Dmitry Medvedev attends a meeting with officials and employees of the military industrial corporation 'Scientific and Production Machine Building Association' in the town of Reutov in the Moscow region, Russia, April 25, 2023.

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'The idea of joining Russia is still popular in Abkhazia and South Ossetia,' says former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chair of the Russian security council

The deputy chair of the Russian security council Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow may annex Georgia’s breakaway regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

“The idea of joining Russia is still popular in Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” Medvedev, a former Russian president, wrote in an article published early on Wednesday by Argumenty I Fakty newspaper.

“It could quite possibly be implemented if there are good reasons for that,” said Medvedev, who has cast himself as one of Russia’s most hawkish political voices since its forces invaded Ukraine starting in February 2022.

Georgia lost control over the regions after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Moscow recognized their independence in 2008, following Georgia’s attempt to regain control of South Ossetia by force that led to a Russian counter-attack.

Although Russian relations with Georgia have improved since then, Medvedev accused the West of creating tensions around the country by discussing its possible admission by NATO.

“We will not wait if our concerns become closer to reality,” Medvedev said in the article that marked the 15th anniversary of the independence recognition, referring to a possible annexation.

Georgian officials have repeatedly said they are committed to joining the US-led military alliance that would preserve the territorial integrity of the country.

Russia declared the annexations four provinces of Ukraine in September 2022, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia, but none of the annexations are recognized internationally. – Rappler.com

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