Ivanov: U.S. unofficially recognized Saakashvili responsible for the conflict with South Ossetia

MOSCOW, 8 Aug. /TASS/. Official Washington in 2007 and 2008, in the person of former Secretary of state Condoleezza rice, repeatedly assured the Russian side that the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili will not dare to join in a military conflict in South Ossetia after the August 2008 acknowledged that he broke the promise. This was stated in interview to the newspaper “Kommersant”, the special representative of the RF President on the issues of environmental activities, environment and transport Sergei Ivanov, who served in 2008 as Deputy Prime Minister in charge of defense industry, and before that as Minister of defense.

“I can now openly admit that Condoleezza rice, as Secretary of state, all the time I was told in private conversations: “Sergey, don’t worry, it’s red line will not go,” – said Ivanov.

According to him, after the night of August 8, Saakashvili attacked South Ossetia, further developments, including the recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the reaction of Western countries has shown that deep down, all Western leaders knew who was the culprit in this situation, why it happened.

“Because he knew perfectly well that their creature, their satellite Saakashvili broke the promise, crossed the red line and, sorry, off the leash,” – said Ivanov.

According to him, after the military conflict about it he said Condoleezza rice.

The special representative of the President of the Russian Federation said that Condoleezza rice said about the innocence of Americans, since they are behind this attack. According to him, it is in a personal conversation said that it was an initiative of Saakashvili and that he was responsible for the war. “But in private conversation she acknowledged the fact that Saakashvili off the leash,” – said Ivanov.

It is not in NATO

Special presidential envoy also stressed that Moscow’s recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has nothing to do with the desire not to let Georgia into NATO. “If the US and its NATO allies, their satellites NATO found it possible to accept Georgia into NATO without Abkhazia and South Ossetia, I assure you, they easily would have done that,” he said.

Ivanov stressed that if Georgia will be in NATO, then the Alliance will have to recognize that Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent States.

On the night of 8 August 2008, Georgia attacked South Ossetia. Russia has risen on protection of citizens of the Republic, many of whom by that time had taken the citizenship of Russia and its peacekeepers. The result is a five-day war killed more than 1 thousand people, of which 72 – Russian soldiers.