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Georgia concerned about Moscow's statements of possible action
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10:13, April 12, 2008

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Georgian is concerned over the statements made by Russian Chief of the General Staff Yury Baluyevsky that Russia will strengthen security on its borders if Georgia and Ukraine join NATO, Georgian Foreign Minister David Bakradze said on Friday.

"It is very alarming when such terms and signs are being used in statements by the military chief against a neighboring state," Bakradze told a briefing.

"Such statements contain a military threat against Georgia and Ukraine, which once again proves why these nations want to join NATO," Bakradze said.

In case of a possible joining of NATO by Georgia and Ukraine, "Russia will take action for protecting its interests close to its borders, and the measures it is going to take will be not only of a military character," Gen. Baluyevsky said earlier the day.

NATO shot down Ukraine's and Georgia's applications for membership in its three-day summit held in the Romanian capital Bucharest a week ago. However, its leaders promised that the two countries will ultimately join the alliance.


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