Dmitry Medvedev, president of Russia | August 28, 2008
It was Saakashvili’s behavior that forced Russia to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. ++ Relations of different nations living in one state have to be handled with great sensitivity. ++ Russia respects its minorities and fosters harmonious coexistence between them; the president of Georgia proved himself unable to do the same and stripped his country’s regions of the autonomy they were promised. ++ The West is also guilty as it ignored the delicacy of the situation, feeding these regions’ hopes for freedom.