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MOSCOW, August 8 (Itar-Tass) — President Vladimir Putin has admitted that Russia had a plan of activities in retaliation for the Georgian aggression which was endorsed in the end of 2006- the beginning of 2007, Putin told journalists after talks with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan on Wednesday.
"There was such a plan. It was made by the General Staff approximately in the end of 2006- the beginning of 2007," Putin said, adding that he had endorsed the plan as being President of the Russian Federation then.
In the framework of this plan self-defense forces from South Ossetia were being trained, Putin said. “Frankly speaking, our military experts believed it was rather a hopeless business because offering rebuff to a regular army of any country, even such as Georgia, was impossible,” Putin noted.
But the military experts were mistaken; “these people (self-defense) proved more than necessary and they courageously defended their motherland and jointly with the Russian peacekeepers offered resistance to an onslaught of the Georgian military formations for three days until the Russian army came,” Putin said.