Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a warning that any further aggression against Russian citizens would face what he called a “crushing response.”
Speaking to World War Two veterans in the Russian city of Kursk, he said “if anyone thinks that they can kill our citizens and escape unpunished, they should abandon any illusions about it.”
“We have all the necessary resources, political, economic and military,” he added.
In contrast, Georgia has been making what appears to be an effort to repair relations.
In a televised address, President’s Mikheil Saakashvili called for direct peace talks.
Striking a conciliatory tone, he urged the Kremlin to discuss ways to avoid “discord for future generations.”
In the past, Saakashvili has launched repeated stinging verbal attacks on Moscow, accusing Russia of a string of human rights abuses inside Georgia.