Russia always stood for the preservation of lasting peace in neighboring states, - stated Deputy Chairman of the Security Council and a former President of Russia, Dimitry Medvedev with regards to 12th year anniversary of Russo-Georgian War.
"Today marks 12 years since our country responded to the criminal behavior of the then President of Georgia. She responded to the actions of the scoundrels, who gave the order to open fire on the houses of civilians, on defenseless old people and children, on Russian peacekeepers who ensured peace and security, including for residents of Georgian villages", - wrote Medvedev on his Facebook page.
As Medvedev claimed, Russia protected Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia from agression.
"In fact, it was about declaring war on the Russian Federation. That is why then I made a difficult, but the only possible decision - to stand up for the defense of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, first protecting them from aggression, and then, at the request of their citizens, recognizing their complete independence. Otherwise, Transcaucasia would have turned into a powder keg, which was absolutely unacceptable for Russia.
Russia has always acted and will continue to advocate peace and stability in the border states. Our every decision and action is dictated by this absolutely sincere desire. At the same time, Russia, and this must be clearly understood, will never allow an attack on our citizens, no matter where it happens. Our response will always be absolutely adequate to the prevailing circumstances in order to ensure stability and security both in our country and throughout the world.", - stated Medvedev.