Bokeria: Prime Minister spreads misinformation about August 2008 war

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Secretary of National Security Council of Georgia Giga Bokeria commented on that part of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili's interview to the Latvian newspaper, Telegraph, published on 16 September, in which Ivanishvili speaks about the start of the Russia-Georgia war in August 2008.

In the interview Bidzina Ivanishvili says: "How all that began? Some unidentified armed gangs were firing shots in the direction of Georgian villages during three days. No one was yet killed; only a fragment of shell hit one house alone. That was then aired on the TV for three days. It was necessary to evacuate population from those villages, to call in observers from Europe – that, perhaps, could have put an end to everything. What did he [President Mikheil Saakashvili] do instead? He sent tanks and jet aircrafts there and after that units of Russia's regular army entered Georgia. Saakashvili must not have responded [to fire]."

Giga Bokeria believes that the Prime Minister spreads wrong information in the international community that during the 2008 August war, Georgian citizens were not hurt.

"It is very unfortunate that the Prime Minister is probably not provided with the correct information and he spreads misinformation among the international community as if during the August war in 2008 Georgian citizens did not suffer serious damage. In reality, however, our citizens and the state were facing a clear threat. Anyone who was in Georgia knows perfectly well that our peacekeepers were killed on 7 August. The worst thing, however, is that the hatred towards political opponents gained the upper hand over the interests of our country," said Secretary of the national Security Council.

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