It may even be possible that President Medvedev wrote these on his own:
A heavy decision weighed on my shoulders. Taking into account the freely expressed views of the Ossetian and Abkhazian peoples, and based on the principles of the United Nations charter and other documents of international law, I signed a decree on the Russian Federation’s recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. I sincerely hope that the Georgian people, to whom we feel historic friendship and sympathy, will one day have leaders they deserve, who care about their country and who develop mutually respectful relations with all the peoples in the Caucasus. Russia is ready to support the achievement of such a goal.
The western media is full of “New Cold War” talk over the rapidly escalating level of rhetoric between Russia and Nato. Which is a shame, I hate to credit Ronald Reagan with anything, but even he could see the value in an end to the ongoing MAD games that were going on between Russia/USSR and the USA/Nato. Here we are at the end of another 8 year reign of a Conservative and the world is in Flames, almost literally. The incurious and aggressive politics of the Bush administration have led the world right back towards a possible return to ongoing (and very real) fears of a nuclear war (of some form) in our lifetime. Something I had hoped had died in the middle of the Clinton Administration. The madmen of the past, it seems, given the reigns cannot help themselves.