On Wednesday, a statement was posted on Dmitry Medvedev’s page concerning Russia’s imperialist views, saying that after the return of Kyiv, Russia would restore its borders, “for the expansion of which it had been shedding blood for years.”
Later, the post was deleted, and Medvedev’s assistant Oleg Osipov announced that Medvedev’s page in the VKontakte social network “had been hacked.”
The post had mentioned Georgia, saying that before the accession of Georgia, it did not exist at all. The post also mentioned the country’s occupied territories, claiming that “Georgia can only be united as part of Russia.”
Georgian politicians were quick to respond to Dmitry Medvedev, the former President of Russia’s post, noting “it can be perceived as a warning and a possible threat to the country.”
“Medvedev’s statement was a warning for Georgia. Instead of actively cooperating with the Western world and receiving appropriate guarantees, on the contrary, [our ruling party] have strengthened the anti-Western campaign,” National Movement MP Levan Bezhashvili said.
He claimed the statement was intentionally spread.
“The website of the head of the Security Council cannot be easily hacked. This was a deliberate statement and a warning for Georgia, Kazakhstan and the entire progressive world about Russia’s real plans. These plans are not new. The main thing here is how prepared the country is to deal with such threats. Instead of actively cooperating with the Western world and receiving appropriate guarantees, on the contrary, Georgian Dream has strengthened the anti-Western campaign, which increases these threats even more,” Bezhashvili said.
“We know that a statement was made that Medvedev’s page was hacked. I don’t know whether it was hacked or if he was drunk when he wrote it, but what is written in this statement has been said by Putin, Medvedev and their propaganda before,” said the Chairman of European Georgia, Giga Bokeria.
“This statement, be it fake or not, summarizes everything. This is the spirit of Putin’s regime and this is a threat to the freedom and existence of our country, as well as our neighbors and other countries of the free world.
“There is nothing new in this. It was the same before the aggression in Ukraine. Russian propaganda has been saying this for years – that Georgia ‘doesn’t exist.’ Not long ago, Defense Minister Shoigu said that the Soviet Union would be restored,” Bokeria said.
“Medvedev is not only a former president, he is a high-ranking official. Now I’m waiting to hear what Irakli Kobakhidze [Chairman of the Georgian Dream] has to say about it,” said Giorgi Vashadze, Chairman of Strategy Builder.
“No-one hacked anything: This is Medvedev’s personal position and not only his,” he went on. “This is Russia’s attitude towards Georgia as a whole. Russia does not recognize Georgia or other countries as states. If we do not understand this well, if we do not understand how dangerous this is, we will not be able to move forward. I wonder what the Georgian Dream party thinks about the Russian government, especially considering Medvedev made a statement and tried to falsify history and humiliate the Georgian people,” Vashadze noted.
By Team GT