To prevent the transformation of the Caucasus into a powder keg was absolutely unacceptable, said Deputy head of the Russian security Council, head of the party "United Russia" Dmitry Medvedev, speaking about the decision to protect in 2008, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
He drew attention that the Russian Federation has always stood for stability in neighbouring countries and will never tolerate attack on its citizens.
"Our answer will always be absolutely adequate circumstances for the purposes of stability and security in our country and in the world." said Medvedev.
on the night of 8 August 2008, the Georgian military shelled South Ossetia from installations of volley fire " Hail ", not attacked and completely destroyed its capital of Tskhinval. Russia, protecting the citizens of South Ossetia, most of whom took Russian citizenship, sent troops and after five days of fighting ousted Georgian troops from the region.
The twenty-sixth of August, 2008 Russia recognized the sovereignty of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. As stated by Russian leaders, this decision reflects current realities and not subject to revision. But Tbilisi refuses to recognize the independence of the republics.