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S.Ossetia events show Russia will be reckoned with - Medvedev

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After the events in South Ossetia, other states will have to take Russia's opinion into consideration, President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday.
MOSCOW, September 6 (RIA Novosti) - After the events in South Ossetia, other states will have to take Russia's opinion into consideration, President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday.

"The events in South Ossetia showed that Russia will not allow anyone to infringe upon the lives and dignity of its citizens, that Russia is a state to be, from now on, reckoned with," Medvedev told the State Council.

He also said political pressure on Russia will not yield any result. "They are trying to subject us to political pressure, but we have got used to it, and they will not be able to do anything," the Russian leader said.

Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia on August 26, two weeks after it had concluded its operation "to force Georgia to peace." The operation came in response to an attack by Georgian forces on breakaway South Ossetia on August 8.

Russia has now withdrawn its regular troops from Georgia, but insists it can maintain checkpoints in security zones near the regions under the ceasefire deal brokered by France. Moscow has also accused Tbilisi of building up troops near South Ossetia.

Western nations have strongly criticized Russia for its "disproportionate" response to Georgia's attack and the recognition of Georgia's breakaway provinces. NATO-Russia cooperation has also been frozen.

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