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7 Sep, 2008 11:57

NATO to choose between Georgia & Russia?

Russia’s NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin says Russia will break off its relationship with the alliance if it admits Georgia.

He warned that there is no way Russia could continue cooperating with NATO if the Membership Action Plan was approved for Georgia.

“We would have to stop all contact. Georgia's entry to NATO would make the world a different place,” he said.

Rogozin added that alliance members must be aware of this, as it concerns the European countries most of all.

“The U.S. and Canada are far away, and unlikely to be affected by any potential threats. It's Europe that will take the rap,” said Rogozin.

Georgia is preparing to receive a NATO delegation on Monday.

The team of experts will assess the damage done to the country's military infrastructure by the war last month.

Georgia is applying to join NATO and has been strongly supported by the U.S., which has offered the country humanitarian aid worth a billion dollars.