Sergei Lavrov hopes that the current Kiev regime will not follow the "Saakashvili's path"

Wed, 01/12/2021 - 10:52

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed the hope that the current regime in Kiev will not follow the path of the ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili "of the 2008 model."

"I hope that even the current Kiev regime will not follow the path of Mikhail Saakashvili of the 2008 model," the head of the diplomatic department said at the press conference on Tuesday.

The Russian Minister reminded that the situation developed at that time was a consequence of the NATO summit in Bucharest in 2008, at which "after long torment" the members of the North Atlantic Alliance wrote in their declaration that Georgia and Ukraine would join NATO. "The then President of Georgia, Mr. Saakashvili, instantly became agitated, it is not difficult for him to do it, and began aggressive military actions, bombing against its own citizens and Russian peacekeepers. The then Ukrainian leadership had more prudence and did not follow the bad example," Lavrov said.

At the same time, the head of the Russian diplomacy has pointed out that the current Kiev regime demonstrates "somewhat different qualities", in particular, it is "subject to bad influence" that the West is actively trying to exert on it.

On the night of August 8, 2008, Georgia launched the armed attack on South Ossetia. Russia stood up to protect the civilian population and its peacekeepers who had been working in the region since 1992. As a result of the five-day war, more than a thousand people were killed, of which 72 were Russian servicemen.

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