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Russia to construct defensive ring near Sochi if Ukraine, Georgia enters NATO

The entrance of Ukraine and Georgia to NATO will become an enormous military and economic problem for Russia, - Russian Foreign Ministry official
16:18, 29 October 2018

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The possible entrance of Ukraine and Georgia to NATO will become a major military and economic problem for Russia and will force to construct the defensive ring in the area of Sochi. Andrey Kelin, the Director of Pan-European Cooperation Department of the Foreign Ministry of Russia claimed this as Interfax reported.

'For us, it will be an enormous military and economic problem. We will be forced to construct the defensive ring near the current third capital Sochi. We will be forced to spend enormous resources to prevent the possible actions of the assumed enemy. It is inevitable,' he said.

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The Russian diplomat noted that with such scenario, Russia 'will be forced to construct the defensive echelons at the border with Ukraine.'

'And to transfer the forefront of our defensive constructions to the south against Ukraine,' Kelin said.

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According to him, 'now the situation does not dictate' that the entrance of Ukraine and Georgia to NATO can take place in the nearest future.

'But if the relations are launched... if our western - we cannot call them partners now - will follow the way of the escalation of the further confrontation, of course, it can take place, no doubts. And we will be forced to seriously prepare for this,' Kelin claimed.

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Earlier, Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister claimed that Russia will not allow the NATO vessels to enter the Sea of Azov for the participation in the joint drills with Ukraine.

NATO supported the right of Ukraine to freely choose its Euro-Atlantic path without external interference.

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