Medvedev: Russia did not start the war with South Ossetia
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that all actions of Russian authorities during the war in South Ossetia were "optimal".
"We were able, on the one hand, to defend national interests, but on the other hand, to prevent the forced conflict. It (conflict) has happened, but it was short and did not have such significant consequences that could arise from such a conflict" - as the portal "Actual Comments" reported, Medvedev said this in an interview with Financial Times.
"The test by armed conflict - it is always the most serious challenge to the head of state. Everybody who has avoided it, he is generally happy person. Of course, it would be just right to avoid it. But you know our point of view. That were not us, who started it, they unleashed it. But nevertheless, I think that still in this situation there was found the optimal solution. I'm pleased with it" - said the Russian head of state.
Recall, that the conflict in South Ossetia in August 2008, was unleashed by the Georgian authorities. Russia, speaking on the side of Tskhinvali, has carried out an operation to "force Georgia to peace" and has recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Later, Moscow's position was supported by Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru.
Official Tbilisi severed diplomatic relations with the Russian side, the two republics were called "occupied territories".