The leader of “United Russia” and Deputy Chairman of the Russian security Council, Dmitry Medvedev gave an assessment of the events of 2008, which resulted in Moscow’s recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. According to the former Prime Minister, had Russia not stood up to defend these territories, the Caucasus would become a powder keg. “Today marks 12 years since, our country responded to the criminal behaviour of the then President of Georgia. 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… In fact, it was the Russian Declaration of war,” wrote Mr. Medvedev in “Vkontakte”.Dmitry Medvedev added that the recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia was for him a difficult decision. At the time of armed conflict, Mr. Medvedev was President of Russia. “Then I made a difficult but the only solution was to stand up for Abkhazia and South Ossetia, first, protecting them from aggression, then at the request of their citizens, recognizing their full independence. Otherwise, Transcaucasia would become a powder keg that Russia… was absolutely unacceptable,” he wrote. On the night of 7 to 8 August 2008 in South Ossetia began a five-day war. Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali, and then was knocked out of him by the Russian army, which stopped near Tbilisi. The result of the war was Russia’s recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which had previously been part of Georgia. At the time of the conflict was Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev. During the fighting killed more than 650 people. Dmitry Medvedev about the war of 2008, in an interview to “Kommersant”, “Russia acquired the main world.”Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia live together paronychial next
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