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Georgia’s blame game2011-11-23 19:30
The statement made by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev on the right approach applied in August 2008 and NATO's failure to expand as a result of the Georgian aggression stirred a real turmoil in Georgia. The country's foreign office calls the Russian president's speech a "confession" referring to a book by US former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who writes that three years ago Georgia did not start the war. Others think why Medvedev "revealed" causes of that conflict. On the whole, it looks like a standard Georgian hysteria.
It seems Tbilisi was looking forward to get news from Vladikavkaz visited by Dmitry Medvedev. The head of the Russian state said evident things but there is an impression Georgia had ready answers. In an offended tone, as usual.
"The most important thing is that our approaches, evaluations of the events of that period don't change", - Dmitry Medvedev remarked recalling August 2008 and emphasizing that the Russian army's saving people was absolutely necessary in order to stop, if not eliminate the threat Georgia emanated at that time. According to the president of Russia, this was done in full. Medvedev also added that if Moscow had not retaliated the Georgian aggression so decisively then, NATO's borders would have grown much wider. "If we had not had enough courage in 2008, the geopolitical situation would be different, and a number of countries who were dragged into NATO by force, most probably would be NATO members now", - he summed up.
Medvedev's last phrase caused a lot of comments in Georgia. Some call Medvedev's statement a "confession" that must be immediately evaluated by the global community. Georgian ministry of foreign affairs reacted without delay. Somehow Georgian FM Grigol Vashadze decided that Medvedev's "sincerity" is "determined by fear". "This is his apprehensive response to resolutions adopted by parliamentarians in many countries", - Vashadze exclaimed supported by David Bakradze, his teammate in Saakashvli's inner circle. According to the chair of government, Dmitry Medvedev's statement is an exhausting comment for all those people in Georgia and abroad who ask a question "what happened in August 2008".
There is another castigator of "evil and aggressive Russia" willing to interpret speeches. Deputy FM Nino Kalandadze even referred to memoirs of US former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice writing that 2008 events were "planned and carried out by the Kremlin". In Georgia, and not only, there are many legal documents studying existing circumstances. The documents confirm that Georgia had no interest to unleash a war", - the diplomat writes in an attempt to convince herself, it seems. - It is almost impossible that Georgia could call such a big state as Russia to a fight".
Tbilisi's "freethinkers" have simple and clear reasoning. The word "occupation" should be brought up again. Yet, Kalandadze's comments are beyond common sense. Does she forget about Heidi Tagliavini's report identifying the aggressor? Or does Georgia have anything else except for documents gathered by the international commission? It would be interesting to take a look at false evidence.
Yet, Saakashvili and his gang go straight ahead. This is what Nugzar Tsiklauri, a leader of National Movement dominant party said: Medvedev "personally confessed reasons of the war". "Russia directly confessed the reasons of the military conflict between Georgia and Russia, - he says. - This statement refers to real reasons. Russia's main purpose was to prevent Georgia's NATO entry, and no one must ask the question who started the war in August 2008 anymore".