Russia Considers Annexing Georgian Breakaway Regions – Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president and chair of the Russian Security Council, said that Russia may annex breakaway regions from Georgia.

Medvedev wrote in an article published in Russian news outlet Argumenty i Fakty arguing that the idea of breaking away from Georgia and joining Russia is still fairly popular in the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Georgia is a former member of the Soviet Union, which lost control of the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia after its collapse. Georgia tried to retake control of the regions by force, which led to a Russian counterattack repelling Georgian military forces. In 2008, Russia recognized the independence of the breakaway regions.

Medvedev also accused Western countries of trying to get Georgia to join NATO, stating in the article that Russia will not wait for its concerns to become a reality. Medvedev has been a well-known hawk in the Russian government, being one of the fiercest advocates for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as other expansionist efforts.

The Georgian government has since declared its intention to eventually join NATO, citing the added security and reinforcement of the country’s territorial integrity should it be allowed to join. In NATO, if one country is attacked, all other member countries are obligated to go to war with the attacking country.

However, there has never been an instance where a war required all NATO members to mobilize against a common threat. The news also comes as Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy is also pushing for Ukraine’s membership into NATO. However, both U.S. and NATO officials are currently not willing to let Ukraine into the alliance, for fears that it could drag the entire alliance into a war with Russia, potentially igniting a global conflict.

Russia has since declared the eastern-Ukrainian regions of Lukansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to be part of Russia in the wake of its ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Both the Ukrainian and Russian militaries have failed to meet expectations, with both the Russian invasion effort and Ukrainian summer counteroffensive coming to a stalemate.

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