Georgia, Tbilisi, Nov. 26 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Speaking at a recent meeting with officers of the Russian 58th Army in Vladikavkaz, the Russian president expressed his satisfaction regarding the fact that the August 2008 war with Georgia thwarted NATO's plans to incorporate Georgia and other post-Soviet countries, the Georgian Foreign Ministry reported today.
This statement, however, has at last made it absolutely clear that Moscow aimed to obstruct Georgia's integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures, to overthrow its democratically-elected authorities, and to hinder the process of its successful reform, the statement said.
At the same time, Russia is also trying to legalize its so-called "zone of privileged interests", to draw a line in the sand between itself and the democratic world and to demonstrate its irreconcilable position on this issue, the statement said.
Georgia will never be prevented from pursuing its attempts to rebuild democracy and to successfully integrate the modern, civilized world.
Large-scale war actions began in South Ossetia, the territory of Georgia, on August 8, 2008. Later on, Russia troops occupied the area and withdrew Georgian military. At the end of that August, Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia's independence. In a response, Tbilisi broke diplomatic relations with Moscow and declared the two non-recognized republics occupied territories.