Remembering South Ossetia 7 years ago

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August 12th, 2015 –

PolitRussia – Translated by J. Arnoldski – 

“South Ossetia under the shelter of Russia: Seven years without
war”



Georgian forces shelled Tskhinval and committed aggression
against South Ossetia. This happened on the eve of the summer Olympics in
Beijing. When all nations in the world should forget about the existence of
weapons during the time of the Olympics, Georgia employed them.

Russia did not remain indifferent to the fate of Tskhinvali.  The attack on the city and the killing of
Russian peacekeepers served as the reason for Russian troops to enter the
region. All statements of the then-president of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili,
boiled down to one thing: Russia, arranging provocations at the border, made
the first aggression. But even among Westerners not all the words of the
Georgian president were believed. According to Colonel of the General Staff of
Germany, Wolfgang Richter, who was at that time in Tbilisi, “the
Georgians, to a certain extent, lied about troop movements.” 

As Richter stated,
he could not find evidence for Saakashvili’s statement that “the Russians
advanced in the Roki tunnel even before Tbilisi gave the order to attack.”
Strictly speaking, even 7 years later the rhetoric of Saakashvili and all the
opponents of Russia hasn’t changed. They are now blaming Russia for aggression
– this time in Ukraine – hiding under such their own imperialist habits.
Saakashvili bears direct responsibility for the initiation of the conflict. In
Georgia, a criminal case has been instituted against the ex-president, from
which he’s hiding in all possible ways, getting position of governor in the
Odessa region. He hides himself and continues to blame Russia for imperialism.

Seven years ago, Russia helped to defend the freedom and
independence of south Ossetia. The main diplomatic result of this conflict was
Russia’s recognition of the country and Abkhazia. Russia has shown that it is
willing to stand up for the weak, for the “humiliated and insulted”.
Our country showed that its opinion should be considered by the world
community. As soon as the security of the region was restored, President
Medvedev announced the end of military operations. No one set the task to move
troops to Tbilisi. This could have only been imagined by the then Georgian authorities
who are judging themselves.

Seven years later, South Ossetia is regenerating, returning
itself to normal life. The economy is adjusting and external relations with
Russia are being strengthened. Now, for Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russia is a
loyal ally and guarantor of sovereignty. 
Who knows, maybe in the future in the region will be a referendum on
accession to Russia, where residents wish to repeat the fate of Crimea. Not
long ago, the current president of South Ossetia Leonid Tibilov did not exclude
the idea of a referendum, saying only that it is necessary to wait for the
right moment.

In the history of relations between Russia and Georgia, the
conflict in South Ossetia is a black page. Yet, two centuries ago, a descendant
of a noble Georgian family, Prince Bagration bled for Russia, defending our
country from Napoleon’s hordes, and Georgia itself expressed the desire to join
Russia. As in the lines of Lermontov:

And the grace of God descended

On Georgia! She blossomed

Since then, in the shade of her gardens

Not fearing enemies

Across the border face friendly bayonets

Now the Georgian elite has done all that is possible to embroil
Russia and Georgia and set the country on the course of European integration
and membership in NATO. One wants to believe that it’s not forever. 

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