Putin: Russia was the cause of the deterioration of the situation in Georgia in 2008


The Russian leader noted that the leadership of Georgia in 2008 did not need to make such reckless decisions that led to the territorial disintegration of the country. “It’s their fault, that guilt is historic,” he said.

MOSCOW, 17 Dec. Russia is not a cause of aggravation of the situation in Georgia in 2008-m year, the blame for the collapse of the country and the subsequent degradation of the Russian-Georgian relations lies entirely on the shoulders of the then government, including Saakashvili, said the Russian President Vladimir Putin at the large annual press conference on Thursday.

“As for the events of 2008 year and the ensuing degradation of our relations (with Georgia — ed.), many times we talked about this, but I feel obliged to repeat again: we are not the cause of the deterioration of the situation. Didn’t have to take the former leadership of Georgia and then-President Saakashvili such adventurous decisions that led to the territorial disintegration of Georgia. It’s their fault, that guilt is historical, and it is on their shoulders entirely,” said Putin.

Georgia broke off diplomatic relations with Russia in response to Moscow’s recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in August 2008 after the armed aggression of Tbilisi against Tskhinvali. Representatives of the new Georgian government that came to power after the elections in October 2012, was named one of the top priorities of foreign policy normalization of relations with Russia.

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