Russian PM explains armor in Tbilisi in 2008
The Prime Minister called the immoral and criminal behavior of Mikheil Saakashvili that was the President of Georgia in those years the ground for the conflict.
In 2008, Russia had no reason to blow the Georgian army or execute Saakashvili. The goal was to dislodge the Georgian troops from Tskhinvali and put things right, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told Kommersant on the anniversary of the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia.
"I think I did the right thing when decided to exercise restraint and not to force events," said head of government Medvedev that held the post of President of Russia in 2008-2012. The de-escalation of military operations has made it possible to ease anxiety in South Ossetia and Abkhazia and reach a relationship with the EU and other countries.
The Prime Minister called the immoral and criminal behavior of Mikheil Saakashvili that was the President of Georgia in those years the ground for the conflict. Medvedev suggested that before entering South Ossetia, Saakashvili spoke with his patrons in the United States.
Georgia deployed troops to South Ossetia on the night of August 7-8, 2008, and tried to take control of the region. Russia interrupted and ousted the Georgian military from Tskhinvali. After the cessation of hostilities, Moscow officially recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.