Putin gave an exclusive interview to the Georgian TV and educate Georgians about the war in South Ossetia, calling the main culprit of these tragic events.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reiterated that lays the blame for the recent events between Georgia and Russia on official Tbilisi. Exclusive interview with the Prime Minister was broadcast Tuesday night broadcast of the Georgian Rustavi-2 ".

"I am sure that if it were not the elimination of autonomy and pressure from the current authorities of Georgia, all this would not have happened", - said Putin. He stressed that Russia for several years supported the territorial integrity of Georgia.

"You know that Russia supports the territorial integrity of Georgia, despite the fact that these republics declared their independence a few years ago. But after that did Mr. Saakashvili, the situation has changed radically. We had no choice …"", - said the Prime Minister of Russia.

"What you call the occupation, the small peoples of the Caucasus - the Abkhazians and South Ossetians, called the liberation and independence. I do not want to hurt and humiliate Georgia, what happened, but once again want to emphasize that before the tragedy we have brought the irresponsible actions of the Georgian authorities' - Putin said, reported IA "News-Georgia".

2 September 2009 | georgian tv, interview, putin, war

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