We promise we will not start a war, but our relations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the countries that consider joining it as a priority will be seriously shaken, - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Kommersant.
Asked whether Russia blocked Georgia's accession to NATO by recognizing Abkhazia and "South Ossetia" as "independent states", Lavrov responded that it was not Russia's goal.
“We have not blocked anything, it has not been our goal. We acted in the interests of the residents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, when Mikheil Saakashvili violated all the terms given to the Russian authorities, issued a criminal order to deploy troops in South Ossetia and opened fire on civilians and peacekeepers. We were not thinking about NATO then, we were just thinking about saving human lives. But, of course, NATO approaching our borders is a threat to Russia,” Lavrov said.
Asked what would happen in case of Georgia’s accession to NATO without Abkhazia and "South Ossetia", the Russian Foreign Minister said Russia would not start a war.
“Even Jens Stoltenberg talked about this. We promise that we will not start a war, but our relations with the North Atlantic Alliance and the countries that consider joining it as a priority will be seriously shaken," Sergey Lavrov said.