Reuters top ten news stories delivered to your inbox each day.
You are here:
Business & Finance
The Great Debate
Do More With Reuters
Make Reuters My Homepage
Support (Customer Zone)
About Thomson Reuters
Georgia war changed map for good: Russia's Medvedev
Sat Aug 8, 2009 11:13am EDT
Email | Print |
| Reprints | Single Page
By Oleg Shchedrov
VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia (Reuters) - A year after Russia defeated neighbor Georgia's military bid to retake a pro-Moscow region from rebels, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday the war had redrawn the map of the Caucasus for good.
At a ceremony to decorate officers and soldiers who took part in the five-day conflict, Medvedev said the 58th army had prevented the extermination of South Ossetians, who broke from Georgian rule in the early 1990s.
Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia, a breakaway Georgian region on the Black Sea, as independent states after the conflict and has guaranteed their security.
"Last year's events have finally redrawn the political map of the Caucasus," Medvedev told the 58th Army, which spearheaded Russia's riposte, in the North Ossetian capital Vladikavkaz.
"The recognition of South Ossetia's and Abkhazia's independence was the only possible solution," he said. "This decision will not be reviewed."
Medvedev later told a delegation of South Ossetians that recognizing their region as an independent state had been a tough -- but correct -- decision.
"The recognition was a difficult step. Until now there are illusion among some of our international partners that this was a temporary decision, that Russia is maneuvering, that it can be forced into giving up recognition," he said.
"There will be no rowing back, we will move only forward."
The war killed at least 390 civilians and at its height displaced more than 100,000. An unfulfilled ceasefire pact, sporadic gunfire and the withdrawal of monitors from pro-Western Georgia's two rebel regions keep alive the risk of renewed war.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says Russia fueled separatism and invaded before Tbilisi acted, a charge Moscow has dismissed. Georgia says the invasion was long planned by its old Soviet master as punishment for Georgia's pro-Western politics and bid to join NATO.
The brief war rattled Western confidence in oil and gas routes running through Georgia and skirting South Ossetia.
Western states condemned Russia's counter-strike as "disproportionate" and the European Union and NATO froze talks with Russia, a major supplier of energy to Europe.
A year later, ties are back on and Medvedev said the conflict had not damaged Russia's international relations.
Ossetians marked the anniversary with a candle-lit memorial in the main town Tskhinvali late on Friday timed to begin at the hour the Georgian assault began. Continued...
View article on single page
One Turkish soldier killed in PKK violence
Also on Reuters
IBM sees big opportunity in water management IT
Blog: Religious Left pushes for healthcare reform
U.S. government will not get secret company Internet data
More International News
Indonesia believes top militant dead, thwarts attack
Pakistani Taliban sows doubt over leader's death
Defendants confess helping West at Iran mass trial
Fighting kills at least 17 in Somali pirate port
NATO friendly fire wounds 5 Afghan policemen
More International News...
Featured Broker sponsored link
A selection of our best photos from the past 24 hours. Slideshow
Most Popular on Reuters
Michael Douglas' son could get life in prison
Healthcare critics make outlandish claims, Obama says
Protesters disrupt town-hall healthcare talks
"G.I. Joe" should be court-martialed
Angry Americans disrupt town-hall healthcare talks
Psychopaths have faulty brain connections, scientists find | Video
Pakistani Taliban sows doubt over leader's death | Video
New Michael Jackson songs on missing hard drives
Madonna cancels Slovenia gig, media cite sales
UPDATE 3-Berkshire profit up 14 percent as stocks rebound
Most Popular Articles RSS Feed
Ladies Who Launch
Hillary in South Africa
"The worst may be behind us"
U.S. Job cuts fading
Taiwan typhoon intensifies
Jackson's mom gets kids
Hopes fade for Tonga ferry survivors
Taliban chief probably dead
The lost Jackson tracks
Director John Hughes dies
Most Popular Videos RSS Feed
Where were you when the Wall came down?
Did you live under the communist regime of East Germany? Sneak across the border to escape to West Berlin? Celebrate the fall of the wall in 1989? Send us your images. Blog
Help and Contact Us |
Advertise With Us |
Site Index |
Thomson Reuters Corporate:
Professional Products |
Professional Products Support |
About Thomson Reuters |
Latin America |
United Kingdom |
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
NYSE and AMEX quotes delayed by at least 20 minutes. Nasdaq delayed by at least 15 minutes. For a complete list of exchanges and delays, please click here.