Deputy Chairman of the security Council, Dmitry Medvedev said that 12 years ago, Georgian President Saakashvili declared war with Russia.

“Russia has responded to the actions of the scum who gave the order to open fire on the houses of civilians, the defenseless elderly and children, according to Russian peacekeepers, which provided peace and security including the residents of Georgian villages,” – said Medvedev on the social network "Vkontakte".

He noted that the decision was given to him, in those days the President of Russia, is not easy.

“In fact, it was to declare war of the Russian Federation. That’s why I made a difficult but the only solution was to stand up for Abkhazia and South Ossetia, first, protecting them from aggression, and then, at the request of their citizens, recognizing their full independence,” – said the politician.

According to him, the Caucasus could become a powder keg, that would be unacceptable for Russia, advocating for the preservation of lasting peace in neighboring States. In addition, Russia will never allow attacks on its citizens, no matter where it occurred.

“Our response is always absolutely adequate to the current circumstances in order to stability and security in our country and around the world,” – said Medvedev.

Today marks 12 years since the armed conflict in South Ossetia. Many of Ossetians by the time the conflict took the citizenship of the Russian Federation. The conflict lasted five days. Killed more than 1 thousand people, including 72 of the Russian military. On 26 August 2008, Moscow recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The independence of these countries is also recognized by Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru and Syria.