Russia and South Ossetia will sign an agreement on alliance and integration in early February 2015, according to South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov. The sides will discuss the document at a political council tomorrow, RIA Novosti reports.
The new agreement on alliance and integration between Russia and South Ossetia is important for the latter not only in terms of safety, but also in the context of the socio-economic sphere of the republic, the South Ossetian Prime Minister Domenti Kulumbegov said.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of South Ossetia to Russia Dmitry Medoev accepted at the Embassy of the Republic in Moscow the publisher of the first Ossetian International Journal R-15 Andrei Tuaev, who introduced a new magazine, which was launched in the famous Moscow club Look in Room, leads the message the press service of the South Ossetian diplomatic mission.
Grozny concluded The Caucasus – Homeland of Hospitality Forum last week, organized by the Chechen Ministry of Culture, the governmental committee for tourism and the Russian Ministry of Culture. It was a roundup of Culture Year in Chechnya. Over 70 experts from Russia, Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, Belarus, Hungary, Poland, Romania, the U.S. and South Ossetia attended the forum.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's Aide Vladislav Surkov has arrived in North Ossetia. He visited new buildings of the district administration, the Central District Hospital in Dzau (Dzausky District) constructed within the framework of the investment program for assistance in socio-economic development of the republic in 2014, Yuga.ru reports.Surkov will meet with South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov, heads of legislative and executive branches of the republic. He will visit other facilities built within the framework of the program.
Leonid Slutsky, a member of the Union State Parliamentary Assembly, the head of the Duma committee for CIS affairs, Eurasian integration and contacts with compatriots, said that there is no talk about Abkhazia and South Ossetia joining Russia.
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili will only discuss the problem of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the Russian-Abkhaz cooperation agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, as stated by Secretary of the Georgian Security Council Irina Imerlishvili in Tbilisi, TASS reports.Imerlishvili reminded that the Geneva Format would be used for other political talks.
The European Parliament at its plenary session in Strasbourg in connection with the ratification on Thursday of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement has adopted an "accompanying resolution", in which it stressed that this agreement applies to all internationally-recognized territories of Georgia, despite the fact that Russia "continues to occupy regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia."
Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko at a meeting with Speaker of the Parliament of South Ossetia Anatoly Biblovym said that Russia will continue to contribute to national and international recognition of South Ossetia.
Direct dialogue between Georgia and South Ossetia has not yet been established not because of Russia, but because of Tbilisi. This statement was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic David Sanakoev.
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South Ossetian volunteers fighting the Ukrainian army as part of the Vostok battalion in the east of the country are returning back to South Ossetia, as stated by one of the volunteers Alan Mamiyev, Interfax reports.South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov urged them to return on December 10.
Russian Vice Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin said at a session of the Russian-South Ossetian intergovernmental commission for socio-economic cooperation in Moscow that Russia will continue supporting South Ossetia despite economic problems and Western sanctions, Kommersant reports.South Ossetia will have received over 9 billion rubles by 2017.Khloponin noted that attendees of the session discussed aid in socio-economic development and rounded up progress in 2012-2013. The vice prime minister added that the current state of relations were satisfactory.
The German foreign minister discussed all topics in Georgia in half a day