MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday accused Nato of sparking the conflict in Georgia last month and said Russia would not be pushed behind a new "Iron Curtain," Russian news agencies reported. "What has Nato done, what has it guaranteed? It only provoked the conflict. That's all," Medvedev said, referring to the war with Georgia. "We are being pushed... behind an Iron Curtain. I would like to underline again that this is not our path. There is no sense for us in returning to the past." Medvedev pledged to "do everything possible" to restore good relations with Georgia in an address to leaders of Russian non-governmental organisations in the Kremlin. "The propaganda which accompanied the Georgian regime's military campaign played a negative role. But we believe in the good sense of the Georgian people and will do everything possible to restore normal, human relations," he said. Medvedev also mocked the United States in the address, which came a day after US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave a speech arguing that Russia was threatened with isolation for its authoritarianism and aggression. Meanwhile, a senior Russian diplomat said on Friday there was no possibility of a war with the United States and the European Union should guarantee security in Georgia. "Regarding the possibility of war between the United States and Russia, this possibility is ruled out," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Yakovenko told reporters in Moscow. Yakovenko also criticised the United States for acting in "bad faith" by not granting visas to representatives of the disputed Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which lay at the centre of the conflict. The Russian minister also said that the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), the main guarantor of a ceasefire in Abkhazia, should have its name and mandate changed or move out of the disputed territory. "It's logical to move it to the territory of Georgia, since the main threat to stability comes from there," Yakovenko said, referring to UNOMIG which has headquarters in the Georgian capital Tbilisi and separatist Abkhazia. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday that Moscow did not want further confrontation and will pursue "positive" relations with the United States and other countries. "Russia is determined not to succumb to rhetoric and be drawn into confrontation... We will continue to promote a positive, unifying agenda in our relations with the US and other partners," the statement said. Meanwhile, Nato did not provoke the conflict with Russia over Georgia, a spokesman for the alliance told AFP Friday, after President Dmitry Medvedev accused it of sparking the short war last month. "There is nothing provocative about supporting Georgia's democratic development, nor anything provocative in helping them meet their aspirations to come closer to the euro-Atlantic community," said spokesman James Appathurai. He was speaking after a meeting of Nato defence ministers in London, overshadowed by the Georgia conflict, which has fuelled talk of a return to a Cold War-level of diplomatic chill between Moscow and the West.