Russia appalled by EU “selective memory”
Russian Representation to the EU reacted upon the declaration of the European External Action Service on the 10th anniversary of the “conflict between Russia and Georgia“.
“…Above-mentioned EU Declaration leaves a strange impression – as if very recent history has been universally forgotten, providing a blank space to write it anew. Starting with its title, referring to the «conflict between Russia and Georgia», thus distorting the picture of what really happened in August 2008”, Russian diplomats wrote.
“It is therefore worth reminding tht on the night of 7 August 2008 Georgian military forces launched a large-scale attack on the South Ossetian capital Tskhinval,devastating the city. At the same time, they attacked Russianpeacekeepers deployed in South Ossetia with Georgia’s agreement within the framework of an internationally recognised settlement mechanism. Ten Russian soldiers were killed and forty wounded. Hundreds of local civilians were massacred, thousands left homeless. Somehow, the EU saw fit not to mention this fact, focusing instead on the Georgian ‘”thriving economy” and portraying it as a “model of democratic stability”.
“In the light of direct threat to Russian citizens in South Ossetia and to avoid a genocide of the people of the Republic, the Russian Federation had no other option but to use its armed forces to enforce peace.
“Meanwhile many wrongdoings of the Government of Mikheil Saakashvili, including the fact of a large-scale military aggression against peaceful South Ossetia launched on 7-8 August 2008, thus breaching the agreement on a peaceful settlement of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, as well as its own promises were later officially confirmed on a number of occasions, including in the report published in autumn 2009 by the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia, chaired by Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini (Switzerland) and established by the EU Council decision.”
“We are appalled by such a short and selective memory displayed by the EU and hope that the EU will refrain from ungrounded and politicised statements in the future” – the comment of Russian Mission continues.
The comment was issued as a response on European Actions Service declaration on the 10 years anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia, describing Russian military presence there as ‘unfortunate‘:
“…Unfortunately, Russian military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia continues in violation of international law and commitments undertaken by Russia under the 12 August 2008 agreement, mediated by the European Union” the EEAS statement said.