Putin: US Couldn't Stop Georgian Aggression in 2008, Accusing Russia of Everything

14.06.2017 16:52

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili would not have dared to aggression against South Ossetia if he did not receive support from the West.

"I’m not 100% sure that someone provoked him, or stood behind his back and pushed him into doing this. I don’t know, but it seems to me that he would have never brought himself to carry out this provocation on his own. But, certainly no one stopped him anyway", the Russian leader stressed.

In addition, Vladimir Putin said he was surprised when the West tried to accuse Russia of the events of August 2008.

"I could not believe my ears and eyes when I saw that Western media were accusing Russia of this attack. Most importantly, millions of people worldwide believed them. But President Mikheil Saakashvili publicly stated that he ordered his troops to begin this campaign", the Russian President added.

It is important to recall that Georgia committed aggression against South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Georgian troops also attacked Russian peacekeepers that, in accordance with international obligations, were in South Ossetia. The European Union's Commission recognized Georgia's responsibility for unleashing a war of aggression in September 2009.