Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in in South Ossetia where he was on a visit to mark the 4th anniversary of the 2008 attack by Georgian forces© RIA Novosti. Ekaterina Shtukina
TSKHINVALI, August 8 (RIA Novosti)
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that his decision to repel the Georgian attack on South Ossetia in August 2008 was timely and efficient despite criticism expressed by some Russian generals.
Former top-ranking generals in the Russian army have alleged that Medvedev’s indecision while he was president during the 2008 war with Georgia resulted in unnecessary loss of life.
“All the decisions were made exactly when they had to be made,” Medvedev told reporters in South Ossetia where he was on a visit to mark the 4th anniversary of the 2008 attack by Georgian forces, when they attempted to retake control over the de-facto independent republic.
“I made the decision two-and-a-half hours after the start of the Georgian assault,” Medvedev said. “Not too soon, because it would have been wrong as I dealt with the deployment of the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of the foreign state, but not too late either.”
“Those who say otherwise are either ignorant or are distorting the real facts on purpose,” he said.
The allegations against Medvedev appear in a 47-minute documentary, “The Lost Day,” which focuses on the events between August 7, when Russian forces reportedly became aware of Georgia’s plan to attack South Ossetia, and August 8, when Georgia attacked and Russia actually sent its forces into South Ossetia and Georgia.
A seven-minute preview of the film is posted on YouTube, with the headline, “Medvedev’s Cowardice Killed 1,000 People.” The film features several high-ranking generals, including former Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Army Yury Baluyevsky.
The former soldiers say Medvedev’s reluctance to issue the order a day earlier cost the lives of both Russian peacekeepers and local civilians. The conflict left 67 Russian servicemen dead while South Ossetian authorities estimate the civilian death toll at more than 1,500 people.
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- lmtalks to much11:37, 09/08/2012As we all said here before to many Russian oficals both current and retired open there mouths and make some strange statements. What is the reasons behind all this?
- lmYou did a grated job now its Putin’s turn on Syria to do the same12:04, 09/08/2012Don’t worry 90% of Russian analyst and columnist are on foreign pay rolls.
- lmPutin take notice and move quickly on this because you will never know when it hit Russia.12:23, 09/08/2012Words from the Georgian mad man as head of the nation, is he tell Russia that he knows what coming Russia’s way is after Syria and Iran? Or is he sending an indirect signal from his Western backers that Russia is next in line?
These words cannot go unnoticed by the Russia leadership and military bosses because this is just want they want for Russia to ignore it as just the mad man opening his mouth saying things he knows nothing about.
Moscow Times newspapers:
"Very soon … we will witness a new Russia … that will reject imperial fantasies, a Russia that will start building democracy. And we will start sorting out relations with such a Russia," he said.
In a speech to locals from nearby villages, where many refugees from South Ossetia live, Saakashvili promised they could return soon and referred to Russia as the enemy and the conquerors. “We will definitely free our country, Kartli, our gorges, villages, and return our homes,” he said, according to a transcript on his website.
- IranianMedvedev Has Been A Disgrace12:46, 09/08/2012Medvedev was well on his way to take Russia back to the humiliating years of Yeltsin and Gorbachev, undoing all Putin had done since the begging days of post Soviet.
For the good of Russia and its honor Putin should shut Medvedev up and keep him out of public eye.
Medvedev did not make a single decision that benefited Russia, and his eating hamburger with his master Obama was a pathetic display of simple-mindedness, and his backstabbing of Iran his stupidity.
- Wolfgang9I have a question:16:19, 09/08/2012In his memoirs "Ugodilo sernyschko promesh dwuch shernowow, Otscherk isgnanina I" (German: "Zwischen zwei Muehlsteinen") Aleksander Solshenitsyn writes about the two Brothers Medvedev, Roy and Shores, who were attacking him, one in Russia, one in the USA.
My question: Is the current Prime Minister Dmitry M. related to one of those brothers?
- PETEPETEPETE(no title)20:46, 09/08/2012To tell you the truth is think that the "delay" in Medvedev decision was probably a "necessary evil" or "real politik" if you will.
I find it hard to believe that the Russians did not noticed Georgian preparations, this things are impossible to hide.
- mishkaIt s my fantasy.03:54, 10/08/2012In my opinion S. Lavrov would suit as prime minister much more. I dream Putin as president and Lavrov as P.M. Medvedev looks unexperienced, unsufficent and too young for such a duty. He does not look strong enough to be PM to Russia.
- lmPutin remember your words when one is weak they are beaten.15:18, 10/08/2012Do you think i will put that past you all to buy out the media in Russia?
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