Press-releases of the Embassy

August 12, 2008; 15.30

On the situation in South Ossetia (press review)

President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an end to the operations to oblige Georgia to restore peace

At a meeting in the Kremlin with Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov, President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev ordered an end to the operations to oblige Georgia to restore peace.

The security of the Russian peacekeeping brigade and civilian population has been restored and the armed forces of the aggressor are disorganized, the head of state emphasized.

Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Russian army to make a decision with regards to the destruction of pockets of resistance when such instances should arise.

Mr Medvedev noted the efficiency of the Russian peacekeeping brigades actions and the harmonious work of all units. The President intends to present awards to members of the Russian military involved in the operations.

Beginning of the meeting:

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Based on your report I have ordered an end to the operations to oblige Georgia to restore peace. The purpose of the operations has been achieved. The security of our peacekeeping brigade and civilian population has been restored. The aggressor has been punished and suffered very heavy losses. Its armed forces are disorganized.

Nevertheless, when pockets of resistance and other aggressive actions occur you must take a decision concerning their destruction.

I would like to note the efficiency of our peacekeeping brigade and the harmonious work of all units. I would ask you, Anatoly Eduardovich, to submit your suggestions for which participants of the military operations should receive state awards and to convey my thanks to all participants.

DEFENCE MINISTER ANATOLY SERDYUKOV: I will be sure to do so.

According to: official web-site of the President of the Russian Federation