Contents tagged with South Ossetia

  • Georgia severing diplomatic relations with Syria

    In an official statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia said that Georgian authorities officially started the procedure for severing diplomatic relations with Syria after the decision in Damascus to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.   

    The decision to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and establish diplomatic relations with them is considered by the Georgian Foreign Ministry to be a violation of international law and a demonstration …

  • US Secretary of State urges Russia to withdraw troops from occupied regions of Georgia

    During a meeting in Washington on Monday with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the US condemns the Russian occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Voice of America reports.

    "The United States unequivocally condemns Russia’s occupation on Georgian soil. Russia’s forcible invasion of Georgia is a clear violation of international peace and security and goes against the basic principles of the Charter of the …

  • US Assistant Secretary of State urges Russia to 'withdraw troops from Georgia'

    Georgian television channel 1TV reports that US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell declared Russia "must withdraw its troops" deployed in the territory of Georgia in 2008 during the conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    The American diplomat made this statement from the Georgian side of the demarcation line, which Tskhinvali and Moscow consider to be the state border of South Ossetia. "Ten years have passed since the war [Russia-Georgia 2008 war] …

  • Putin signs bill to integrate Armed Forces of self-proclaimed South Ossetia into Russian army

    Separate subdivisions of the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Republic of South Ossetia were integrated into the army of the Russian Federation. The bill was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the press service of the Kremlin reported.

    The bill provides for the procedure for “the entry of separate units of the armed forces of the Republic of South Ossetia into the armed forces of the Russian Federation.”

    The bill concerning the Ossetian army joining the Russian Armed Forces was …

  • Ukraine condemns inclusion of South Ossetian Army into Russian Armed Forces

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the ratification by the State Duma of Russia of the so-called agreement to include separate units of the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Republic of South Ossetia—the separatist-controlled territory of Georgia—into the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

    "This is another provocative step that perpetuates the Kremlin's policy of destabilizing the situation in the Black Sea region and undermining the architecture of European security," …

  • President of South Ossetia says he often comes to eastern Ukraine to support Ossetians fighting on the side of separatists

    In an interview with the WarGonzo project, the president of the self-proclaimed South Ossetia, Anatoliy Bibilov, admitted that during almost every trip to the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) he visits the front line and advises "volunteers" on the front line.  

    "As for my visit to the front line... I actually go there on almost every visit, especially when it concerns those guys from South Ossetia, and neighbors [in the Caucasus region] overall. Of course, I care about Ossetians. I'm …

  • Putin puts forward agreement to Russian Parliament on South Ossetians serving in the Russian Army

    President Vladimir Putin has put forward an agreement between Russia and South Ossetia for ratification by the State Duma, outlining the procedure for divisions of the armed forces of South Ossetia joining the Russian Army. The relevant document was published on the State Duma’s online database.

    The initial document between Russia and South Ossetia was signed in Moscow on March 31.

    In the middle of March, Putin gave the order for a document to be signed which would make it possible for …

  • Russia conducts exercises of its missile forces in North Ossetia and Stavropol Krai

    One of the Southern Military District’s (SMD) missile units, equipped with Iskander missiles, has been put on high readiness state in order to carry out command and staff exercises in Stavropol Krai, SMD spokesperson Vadim Astafyev announced.

    “One of the SMD’s missile units, deployed in North Ossetia, has been placed on alert for training purposes, in order to carry out command and staff exercises at the Sernovodsk training ground in Stavropol Krai,” he said.

    According to him, the quick …

  • Transnistria protests Chisinau’s deportation of Russian delegation

    Diplomats of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic accused the Moldovan authorities of deporting delegation members from Russia and South Ossetia who were traveling to Transnistria, as   reported on the official site of the Transnistrian Foreign Ministry.

    “The actions of the representatives of the Republic of Moldova are evidence of yet another cycle of  Chișinău’s use of mechanisms to filter foreign guests heading for Transnistria,” the statement reads.

    According to the …

  • South Ossetia transfers its schools to Russian language

    Beginning from the new academic year, Georgian schools in South Ossetia, the territory that declared independence from Georgia in 1991, are shifting to the Russian educational program and will teach courses using the Russian language. The Georgian language will be taught to schoolchildren only as a particular subject, BBC News reports.

    The affected Georgian schools, most of which are located in the Akhalgori district, were formerly controlled by Tbilisi before the 2008 war.

    The authorities of …