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Aug. 15, 2008
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Peacekeepers Receive Medals
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev received Ministry of Defense officials and participants in the operation to enforce peace in Georgia yesterday in the Kremlin. The president told them that he had already signed the decree on awards for those who distinguished themselves.
Chief paratrooper commander Alexander Zelin was present, as were chief naval commander Vladimir Vysotsky and Chief of the General Staff Nikolay Makarov. Among the participants in the operation present were chief of the military contingent of the peacekeeping force in South Ossetia Marat Kulakhmetov, bomber and recognizance pilot Col. Oleg Storozhuk, tank regiment commander Capt. Yury Yakovlev and ships captain Ivan Dubik.

All of the military guests were in parade uniforms, in the midst of which Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov stood out in their civilian dress. South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity and Abkhazian President Sergey Bagapsh also came to the meeting, less than an hour after signing the six principles for the settlement of the conflict formulated during negotiations between Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Medvedev recently changed the conditions for the awarding of the Order of St. Georgy and the Georgievsky Cross so that peacekeepers could receive them. He praised those present for acting effectively in the interests of the people of the Russian Federation. The goals set in the course of the operation were met, Medvedev said. We will call things by their own names. The people of South Ossetia survived genocide. The fact that the destruction of almost an entire people was stopped was legal, unavoidable and absolutely justified.

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