Russian President Vladimir Putin, in fact, claimed responsibility for the fighting, which Russia started four years ago against Georgia.
“It is no secret plan was, and within it, we acted. It was developed by the General Staff in late 2006 – early 2007 and agreed with me. Under the plan, we prepared the South Ossetian militias,” – said Vladimir Putin reporters after talks with President Armenia (quoted by “Interfax”). Note that in 2006 Putin was president, that is, the plan was approved by him – and at the time of the war in the Caucasus, this position was occupied by Dmitry Medvedev.
“While our military experts consider that the preparation of the South Ossetian militias – it useless, because the militia against the regular army, even Georgia, would be lost, but they were more than the demand”, – Putin said.
Asked about his personal involvement in those events, he said, “Yes. While in Beijing, I have twice called Dmitry Anatolyevich and Minister of Defence on 7 and 8 August.”
Recall version of Dmitry Medvedev. About the same events told in detail the former president a year ago.
“I phoned the minister of defense (I just moved to the Volga, was on vacation, and the whole planet was in anticipation of the Olympics, which was in China) and said that our neighbor, Georgia began active operations. I can honestly say, absolutely, very frankly, very first doubted and said, “You know, you should check that it is, absolutely crazy, sbrendil, or what? Maybe it’s just some kind of provocation, he tests the Ossetians and tries to show us something? ”
With Putin, according to Medvedev, he was contacted by closed due only a day later. “I already gave all the orders. There’s already hard at all blazing. Vladimir just made a statement that we are absolutely not acceptable, of course, the right thing.”
But now a new part, Putin’s statement confirms and justifies the charge of indecision, that the high command officers nominated Dmitry Medvedev, the 47-minute documentary “The Lost Day”. One of the characters in plain text says: “As long as Putin gave no kicks, nothing begun,” meaning that Russia is too late to start “operation to force Georgia to peace.”
Putin was asked about the film the day before. He was not looking, but the history of thought
About the film “Lost Day” reporters asked the president the day before. As can be seen from the transcript at the site of the Kremlin, Putin said that the film was not looking. When he briefly outlined the position of the former head of General Staff Yuri Baluyevsky, including the very passage from the “kick”, Putin replied: “You know, the level of our relations, the nature of our relations with my colleagues, and with all levels of decisions that we make especially in the field of security, does not allow us to operate with such categories. ”
He further stated that military intelligence work. A direct question on whether he agrees with the authors of the film, who believe that Russia has lost the first day of the war, also answered some length.
“You know, the decision to use the armed forces – this is a very important decision, because it is an order to the beginning of hostilities. And then shoot, people die. Before making such decisions, we should think twice. This is a complex and very important decision. The level of the decisions we make in the field of security, does not allow us to operate with such categories. make a decision on the application of the armed forces – a very serious matter. here really need to think about how to “, – Putin said.
In this case, the president said, thinking for a long time – three days. Shootings in Georgia, according to him, began somewhere in the number of 4-5th.
Note that a single glance at the events of August 2008 in the world still does not exist. The Russian version is as follows: Georgian troops on the night of August 8, 2008, first fired on Tskhinvali from the systems of salvo fire “Grad”, and then tried to seize the city. August 8, 2008, to protect South Ossetians, most of its citizens, Russia sent troops into the republic. In Georgia, argued that the aggressors were the South Ossetian war, which began to destroy the Georgian villages in his country. Tbilisi was forced to return fire, after Russia sent troops into Georgia.
After the conflict in August 2008 Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and has strengthened its military bases there. In Georgia, these republics are officially the territories “occupied” by Russia.
Medvedev in South Ossetia to help themselves with beer pie
Meanwhile, the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Tskhinvali, where he waited for the presidential palace a few hundred people. As the “Interfax”, when the motorcade arrived and Medvedev came out of the car, people started to applaud.
President of South Ossetia, Russian Prime Minister met at the entrance to the building. Before that, according to South Ossetian tradition, Medvedev came girls in national costumes and offered analog distinguished guest bread and salt Russian – Ossetian pies and a glass of beer. Medvedev also welcomed the heroes of the militia, who four years ago, held back the advancing Georgian forces.
South Ossetian President thanked the Prime Minister’s visit to Russia was on this date: “This day has special meaning for us.”
“Four years ago, on August 8, South Ossetia has fallen a great force of the enemy, and within half an hour were dropped as much ammunition as never seen one,” – said Tibilov. “Nobody knows how many victims would have been if not for the timely decision to force the aggressor to peace,” – he added.
Dmitry Medvedev, for his part said that this date is important for the Russians: “Today is a special day for the people of South Ossetia, and for the people of our country.” “Four years ago, as a result of the barbaric aggression of people were killed, and Russia had to make a decision to help South Ossetia to repel the aggressor,” – said the prime minister.