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Russia says NATO “playing with fire” on expansion

March 29, 2008
By Conor Sweeney and Oleg Shchedrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia warned NATO on Friday against expansion into ex-Soviet neighbors Georgia and Ukraine ahead of a NATO summit next week that will discuss what Moscow sees as deep encroachment into its backyard.

File photo shows NATO members' national flags at the organisation's ...
File photo shows NATO members’ national flags at the organisation’s headquarters in Brussels. Russia’s envoy to NATO denied Friday that Moscow’s offer to help international forces in Afghanistan would depend on the alliance rejecting the membership plans of Georgia and Ukraine.(AFP/File/Olivier Morin)
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In separate comments, Foreign Minster Sergei Lavrov and a Kremlin spokesman said possible NATO membership for the two countries would have repercussions for any plans to improve Moscow’s ties with the Western military alliance.

Lavrov warned Georgia against using NATO membership as a tool to regain control over its rebel regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which broke away in the 1990s and enjoy Russian support.

“Concerning South Ossetia and Abkhazia, if Georgia intends to gain NATO support in order to solve these two conflicts by means of force, it’s a dangerous game,” Lavrov told journalists.

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Russia Denies Afghan Deal Tied to NATO Expansion

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Russia‘s envoy to NATO denied Friday that Moscow‘s offer to help international forces in Afghanistan would depend on the alliance rejecting the membership plans of Georgia and Ukraine.

Ambassador Dmitry Rogozin rejected reports that any deal could be done to allow equipment and troops from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to move across Russian territory.
Russia's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin, seen here in January ... 
Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin, seen here in January 2008, denied Friday that Moscow’s offer to help international forces in Afghanistan would depend on the alliance rejecting the membership plans of Georgia and Ukraine.(AFP/File/Alexander Nemenov)

Indeed he suggested that a transit arrangement was virtually finalised, and might be concluded in time for next week’s summit in Bucharest between Russian President Vladimir Putin and NATO leaders.

“There is no connection, no relation at all between the NATO decision on Ukraine or Georgia and the completion of the transit agreement, or of any arrangement to support ISAF in….

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