Medvedev: The operation in Georgia in 2008 was necessary
According to the Russian president, the operation to force Georgia to peace in 2008 was necessary. "It happened more than three years, but most importantly is that our approach, assessment of the events of that period, do not change", RIA Novosti quoted Dmitry Medvedev's words, uttered at a meeting with military personnel at the headquarters of 58th Army .
"Our army was to take appropriate measures to rescue a large number of citizens from the threat, which came at that time to the territory of Georgia, subsided, if not completely removed", said the Russian president. "We managed to do it", he stressed.
The Russian head of state called his current visit to Vladikavkaz "quite unexpected". He considered right "to communicate regularly with the officer corps". The head of State recalled that he has already numerously visited the headquarters of the 58th Army.
In turn, according to the deputy head of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nino Kalandadze, Georgia was not interested in war with Russia in 2008. As reported by "Georgia-News", Kalandadze said this, commenting the book of the former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the "No Higher Honor".
Last week, some media published an excerpt from this book, where Rice had said about how she had called Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili not to get involved in the war.
"In all legal and analytical documents, including Rice's memoirs, said that the war had been planned long before by the Kremlin and, accordingly, had been carried out", Kalandadze said.
According to her, a definite opinion on the Georgian-Russian has been already shaped, both in Georgia and abroad.
Recall, August 8, 2008, Georgian troops invaded South Ossetia and shelled Tskhinval. The city was almost completely destroyed, the civilians and peacekeepers were killed. In response, Russia conducted a regional operation to force Georgia to peace. August 26, 2008, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.