Kasyanov: Russia "relentlessly provoked" Georgia conflict

Russian ex-prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov, interviewed in the Los Angeles Times:

The Russian Federation relentlessly provoked the conflict in every way, and unfortunately the Georgian leadership gave in and used armed force. In response, the Russian Federation, instead of fulfilling its peacekeeping mandate, started a large-scale war against the independent sovereign state of Georgia. Not only the disproportionate use of force, but in fact a full-scale war.

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The current leaders are driving the country into a dead end. Problems in the country will be obvious in the near future, especially in the economic and social spheres, which are of primary concern to citizens. Inflation is rising in the country in this year. . . . I claim that the current Russian authorities don’t enjoy the support of a majority of Russian citizens. As soon as conditions for daily propaganda disappear, Russian citizens will understand the essence of the current regime.

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