MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia has also repeatedly stressed that NATO expansion toward its borders would aggravate tensions and undermine regional security.
"France and Germany are both categorically against Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova joining NATO. This would be an absolute provocation," Aymeri de Montesquiou said during a meeting with Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament.
In 1994, Georgia started cooperation with NATO after Tbilisi joined the Partnership for Peace, a program for practical bilateral cooperation between individual Euro-Atlantic partner countries and the alliance.
In April, Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti said the country's membership of NATO could significantly reinforce Moldova's security. He said if the decision depended on him, he would vote for it. Moldova currently has a non-aligned status under its constitution.