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On the fourth anniversary of the brief but brutal war with Georgia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the invasion of Georgia was long planned and he was personally involved in the approval and execution of the war.
Putin’s comments were in response to criticisms raised in a recent online documentary that then-President Dmitry Medvedev had been indecisive about the war.
Putin emphatically denied such charges.
“There was a plan; it’s no secret in my opinion. It’s within the framework of this plan that the Russian side acted. It was prepared by the General Staff at the end of 2006 or the beginning of 2007,” Putin told reporters.
“It was approved by me,” he added.
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