Medvedev said that Saakashvili had counted by attacking South Ossetia

MOSCOW, Aug 7 – RIA Novosti. The ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili during the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict was counting on the support of the US, the pause in the negotiations with Russia in 2008, was developed line, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who at that time was President.

In particular, in interview to the newspaper “Kommersant” Medvedev said, when he in 2008 he assumed the position of President, Saakashvili expressed a desire to restore Russian-Georgian relations. “In General, said a lot of nice words. This is all I listen to and say want to develop a relationship – let’s develop it. We need a normal, friendly relationship with our neighbor – Georgia, we are ready. We understand what your internal conflict is, we understand that the country is divided, but we are ready to help – slowly, gently contribute to the convergence process, ultimately in order to preserve the possibility of the existence of the state in these boundaries, be it Federation, Confederation, yet somehow,” — said the Russian Prime Minister.

According to him, this could be the choice of all peoples living in Georgia in the period that is, and themselves Georgians, and Ossetians and Abkhazians.

“He (Saakashvili) said, “I’m ready”. Then we several times crossed paths, including, I remember, in Astana. He, too, it showed every desire to discuss, develop, and then somehow disappeared. Something we agreed on some appointments, contacts, and I distinctly remember that somewhere in the beginning of July 2008, he left with respect. I did not attach much importance, but now inclined to believe that it was already worked out a line,” — said Medvedev.

According to him, on the one hand, Saakashvili hoped that the new President of the Russian Federation “will take a different position” in relations with the government and to them personally, than the previous head of the Russian state. “In other words, simply will not intervene in the processes that will be there to go, no one would respond to actions that may be taken against our peacekeepers, and, most importantly, Russian citizens who lived in Abkhazia and in South Ossetia”, — said the Prime Minister.

“But on the other hand, I think by that time he already held a full consultation with their patrons – in this case we are talking primarily about the United States of America,” — said Medvedev. He cited the example of meetings and consultations Saakashvili and us politicians such as Condoleezza rice, Daniel fried. “And, in my opinion, Cheney then, too, came. That is, everything has had to be noted. And by that time, I think Saakashvili has formed a rigid belief that the Americans would support him under any scenario,” — said the head of the Russian government.

Georgia on the night of 8 August 2008 fired from rocket launchers “Grad” South Ossetia, Georgian forces attacked the Republic and destroyed part of its capital Tskhinvali. Russia, protecting inhabitants of South Ossetia, many of whom took Russian citizenship, sent troops into the Republic and after five days of fighting ousted Georgian troops from the region.

Moscow August 26, 2008 recognized the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russian leaders have repeatedly stated that the recognition of the independence of two former Georgian autonomies reflects current realities and not subject to revision.