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The statements of the former leadership of Georgia about the presence of Russian military in South Ossetia before 8 August 2008, is an attempt to justify the failure of its military operation. This was stated by Russian Ambassador to South Ossetia, Marat Kulakhmetov, told RIA Novosti.
“This justification [former President Mikheil] Saakashvili. This theory appeared somewhere around noon on August 8. It originated, I believe, just because all went according to plan Tbilisi,” the diplomat said.
He said that before the conflict began Aug 7, he held several meetings with the Minister of Georgia for reintegration Temur Yakobashvili. In addition, the Ambassador for special assignments of the Russian foreign Ministry Yuri Popov, regularly moved between Tbilisi and Tskhinvali, maintaining contacts with authorities on both sides. Despite this, he noted, no one has approached him with a question about the actions of the Russian side.
“None of this never this question is not raised. But then the justification he appeared. This is purely an excuse for his failed aggression,” concluded the Ambassador.
7 August, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in interview to the newspaper “Kommersant” said that in 2008, when he was President, Russia was to defeat the Georgian army, or to punish Saakashvili. The task was only one — to prevent large-scale armed conflict, said the head of government.
Former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili on 6 August accused Russia in the invasion in 2008. According to him, the regular Russian troops were in South Ossetia before the conflict.
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