Georgia’s Salvation Is its Joining NATO: 70% of Georgian Respondents Believe

Georgia Materials 1 September 2008 12:43 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, 1 September / Trend corr. N.Kirtzkhalia / Majority of the Georgian citizens believes that joining NATO is the only way of Georgia's salvation. A total of 70.7% of 405 people participating in an inquiry held by daily Kviris Palitra (Week Palettee) hold this opinion.

Only 11.3% of them do not think that Georgia's joining NATO is important to restore territorial integrity of the country.

A total of 18% of respondents could not unambiguously answer to this question.

Large-scale military operations commenced in the unrecognized South Ossetia republic in the early morning of 8 August. Georgian Army was reported to enter Tskhinvali. Then Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and forced Georgian Army back to the Georgian territory.

On 12 August, the Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev said that he made a decision to end operations to compel Georgia to peace.

It was decided to hold the Russian peacekeeper forces and the international observers in the territory of Georgia.

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