Having annexed several cities in Ukraine, Russia has now set its sights on Georgia. In an article published in Argumenty I Fakty newspaper, Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stated that joining Russia in South Ossetia and Abkhazia is still a popular idea and that both regions could be annexed by Russia.
"If there is a good reason to do it, it will be done," said Medvedev, who has become the most hawkish figure in Moscow after Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
Georgia lost control over South Ossetia and Abkhazia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Tbilisi's military intervention in 2008 to regain control of the regions was halted by a Russian counter-attack, after which Moscow recognized both regions as independent states.
Relations between Georgia and Russia have been improving recently. Medvedev said that the West was raising tensions in the region by opening Georgia's possible accession to NATO for discussion.
Dmitry Medvedev, who serves as Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Security Council, wrote that annexation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia may be a necessity, saying: "We will not wait if our concerns are close to becoming reality."
Georgian officials have often said that they want NATO membership for their country's "territorial integrity".
Medvedev's remarks raised concerns over Russia's annexation of Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in recent years.