Medvedev reminded about the protection of citizens of the Russian Federation in connection with the anniversary of the attack on South Ossetia
The Russian head of government noted that today there are examples of more brutal behaviour than the events of August 2008.
Moscow. 8 Aug. INTERFAX.RU — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the anniversary of the Georgian attack on South Ossetia emphasizes that the operation to enforce peace was conducted according to the law, and to do otherwise was impossible.
Frankly speaking, until 8 August 2008 it seemed to me unthinkable that in the 21st century someone can shoot from “Gradov” sleeping in the houses of the elderly, women and children. But, unfortunately, today we have much more violent examples. No doubt only one — Russia is always ready to protect its citizens.Dmitry Medvedev
The head of the government wrote on his Facebook.
He added that “the attack on peacefully sleeping Tskhinval, for the posts of Russian peacekeepers were organized by the then Georgian leadership is completely cynical and despicable”.
“The worst thing that killed civilians. This barbarism had to be stopped. And Russia conducted an operation to enforce peace. To do otherwise was impossible. And according to the law. And honestly,” wrote Medvedev.
He stressed that Russia was obliged to protect its citizens.
“I’m talking about the residents of South Ossetia who have Russian passports, and our peacekeepers who carried out the decisions of the international community in maintaining stability in the region. And we defended them,” wrote Medvedev.
In 2008 Dmitry Medvedev was President of Russia. On August 26, he signed decrees on recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.