The goal was to dislodge the Georgian troops from Tskhinvali and put things right, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told Kommersant on the anniversary of the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia. "And it is an absolute challenge", - said the Prime Minister, who, as President, sanctioned in 2008, the input units of the Russian 58th army in South Ossetia, and the outbreak of hostilities on Georgian territory.
But Moscow recognised as independent the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, where it has stationed a large military presence ever since.
He also said that the 2008 August war "could have been avoided".
Russian Federation interrupted and ousted the Georgian military from Tskhinvali.
Margvelashvili was speaking at a meeting with the foreign ministers of Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia in Tbilisi.
"Together with the Georgian authorities, we would like to remind the world about the violation of Georgia's independence, the tragedy of thousands of families expelled from their homes, hundreds of people killed and wounded", Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said.
"We know very well - today Georgia, tomorrow Ukraine, the day after tomorrow the Baltic States, and later maybe the time for my country - Poland", he repeated.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the "Russian military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia continues to violate worldwide law". Poland fully supports these policies, the FM stated, as well as Tbilisi's cooperation with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and is willing to offer further help in the reform of the Georgian defence sector.
The Russian prime minister described NATO's eastward expansion as a major security threat to Russia.
On 12 July NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reaffirmed the Allied leaders' support for Georgia's aspiration to join the Alliance.
Georgian soldiers observe terrain near Gori, Georgia northwest of capital Tbilisi in a file image from 2008.
Before the war, Russian officials had made clear that they vehemently opposed Georgia's efforts to achieve North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership under Saakashvili, and relations between the two countries were badly strained over issues including Moscow's support for Abkhazia and South Ossetia.