Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told defence chiefs on Tuesday he had decided to cease Russia’s military operation against Georgia.
“I have taken the decision to end the operation to force Georgian authorities into peace,” Medvedev said at a televised meeting.
“The purpose of the operation has been achieved…. The security of our peacekeeping forces and the civilian population has been restored,” he said at the meeting with Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and the head of the military’s general staff, Nikolai Makarov.
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“The aggressor has been punished and suffered significant losses,” he said.
Medvedev qualified the ending of hostilities, saying that in the event of new Georgian attacks in the rebel region of South Ossetia , such threats should be “liquidated.”
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