About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 11:28 - 29 Apr.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Medvedev: August War Stopped Georgia's NATO Membership
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 21 Nov.'11 / 22:31


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the headquarters of 58th army in Russia's Southern Military District in Vladikavkaz, November 21. Photo: Kremlin

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev said twice on Monday on two separate occasions, that the August, 2008 war with Georgia thwarted NATO's plans to expand further on the post-Soviet space.

Speaking at the headquarters of the Russian 58th army during a meeting with officers from the Southern Military District in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetian Republic, Medvedev said, that "the peace-enforcement operation" against Georgia was "absolutely necessary".

“Time goes by fast – more than three years have already passed, but what is the most important our approaches towards and our assessments of those events have not changed. We of course consider that it was absolutely necessary action by our army to save large number of our citizens and, if not to remove totally, to curb the threat which was coming at the time from the territory of Georgia,” Medvedev said.
 
“If we had faltered in 2008, geopolitical arrangement would be different now and number of countries in respect of which attempts were made to artificially drag them into the North Atlantic Alliance, would have probably been there [in NATO] now,” he added.

Russia's NATO envoy, Dmitry Rogozin, who was also present at the meeting with the army officers, said that Russia's response to the developments in South Ossetia in August, 2008 came as a surprise for NATO.

Medvedev responded: "They were really expecting absolutely different sort of response." He then added that NATO "miscalculated" Moscow's response.

Later on the same day, on November 21, Medvedev met in Rostov-on-Don with a group of journalists from Russia's North Caucasus and Southern federal districts. He started the meeting by telling the journalists that earlier on Monday he visited the 58th army headquarters in Vladikavkaz, which he said, was "a special place" because of its role in the August, 2008 war.

"Today I already spoke with the army officers and I will tell it to you too, that it was of course a very difficult page in our recent history, but, unfortunately, it was absolutely necessary [decision]. And the fact that Russia's actions at the time were so tough has eventually secured a situation for us, which, despite of all the difficulties, is now quieter than it was," Medvedev said.

"We have simply calmed some of our neighbors down by showing them that they should behave correctly in respect of Russia and in respect of neighboring small states. And for some of our partners, including for the North Atlantic Alliance, it was a signal that before taking a decision about expansion of the Alliance, one should at first think about the geopolitical stability. I deem these [issues] to be the major lessons of those developments in 2008," Medvedev added.

Latest News
29 Apr.'17 11:28
President, Parl. Chairman Clash over Constitution Reform
The Constitutional Reform Commission agreed on the draft constitution text on April 22.
28 Apr.'17 14:23
FH: Press Freedom Declines in Georgia
Georgia scores a point lower in Freedom House’s Press Freedom report.
27 Apr.'17 17:56
Foreign Ministers Open German-Georgian Year
Mikheil Janelidze met his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
27 Apr.'17 16:14
Georgia, Romania Agree to Boost Trade, Political Ties
Prime Ministers issued a Declaration on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations.
27 Apr.'17 15:42
Two Persons Sent to Pretrial Detention over Batumi Unrest
21 persons were arrested following the March 11-12 unrest in Batumi.
26 Apr.'17 16:36
Tbilisi Concerned over Jerusalem Patriarch’s Abkhazia Statement
Georgian Ambassador to Israel meets Theophilos III, speaks about his meeting with Abkhaz pilgrims.
26 Apr.'17 13:18
South Ossetia Government Resigns
The region’s new leader Anatoly Bibilov will form a new government in two weeks.
26 Apr.'17 12:13
Watchdog Keeps Georgia’s Press Freedom Index Unchanged
Reporters Without Borders ranks Georgia 64th in the table of 180 countries with 27.76 points in the survey.
26 Apr.'17 10:29
Georgia Ratifies Europe’s Energy Community Accession Agreement
The Parliament of Georgia ratified the agreement with 89 MPs voting unanimously in favor.
25 Apr.'17 17:59
Georgian MoD Adopts Strategic Defense Review for 2017-2020
Defense Ministry considers Russia the primary threat, seeks to strengthen defense capabilities.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
60