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Russian aggression in 2008 against Georgia was a right decision, Dmitry Medvedev thinks

By Liza Mchedlidze
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
The Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with the propaganda agency Tass, states that the decision made in 2008 of Russia's invasion of Georgia was correct and he would not change this decision.

Medvedev also said that "Georgia started the war and opened fire on the peaceful population, including Russian peacekeepers due to which Moscow was forced to respond."

"The attack on Tskhinvali and other settlements of the republic started suddenly and disgustingly, of course, we were obliged to respond. We could not just wipe our tears and bow our heads before the bloody fool and let them tear people apart," he said regarding the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia.

According to him, the governments of Georgia and Ukraine left Russia with no other choice and it carried out military intervention.

"If there is a possibility to solve the problem peacefully, at the negotiating table, it should be done, but when there is no solution, you have to respond with force." Unfortunately, both in Georgia and Ukraine, the authorities of these countries left no choice to Russia, thereby disrupting the processes of political settlement of these conflicts, and we carried out military intervention."

He continuously repeated the Kremlin narrative in an interview, saying that America was fighting Russia with the help of Georgia, and now it is doing the same in Ukraine. According to him, the goal of all conflicts is the destruction of the Russian Federation:

"The attack on Tskhinvali and other settlements of the republic started suddenly and disgustingly. The puppet regime controlled by Washington decided to apply its own understanding of "democracy" and "humanism" to South Ossetia and return it to Georgia by force at the cost of destroying the entire nation. Of course, we were obliged to answer. We couldn't just wipe away our tears and bow our heads to the bloody fool and leave those people to be torn apart.

Russia could not intervene in this conflict. It was about protecting the citizens of our country who live in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. To protect them from Saakashvili's aggression, we got the main thing - peace," Medvedev said.

He also discussed Georgia and Ukraine's NATO integration and stated that he thinks Georgia and Ukraine will never become NATO member states. In addition, the former President of Russia notes that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are independent states, and the current government of Georgia understands this well.

To the question if there is still a danger that Georgia will ever try to return Abkhazia and Tskhinvali, Medvedev answered as follows:

"As for the new possible aggression of Georgia against the territories separated from it, this is impossible. For us, today Abkhazia and South Ossetia are independent states with which we have established friendly relations and where our military bases are located. This is well understood by the current government of Georgia. They will not try their luck once again and will not enter into a conflict with such a power as Russia," Medvedev said.