Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko has said that the deployment of NATO infrastructure in Georgia will pose a 'threat' to Russia and its allies.
Rudenko noted that if NATO weapon systems are deployed in Georgia, it will be a 'red line' for Moscow.
Georgia's integration to NATO and the deployment of strike weapon systems on its territory are 'red lines' for us, since such actions will radically change the military-political balance of forces in the South Caucasus and create an immediate threat to the security of Russia and its allies in the region, the Russian deputy FM told Ria Novosti.
Rudenko claimed that although Georgia has cut diplomatic ties with Russia, Moscow supports 'peaceful coexistence' with Georgia.
Russia urged the NATO member states earlier to rescind the 2008 Bucharest Summit declaration supporting Georgia and Ukraine's bid to become members of the alliance.
As a response, the Georgian MFA denounced the statement, stressing that it 'contradicts the fundamental norms and principles of international law.'