Contents tagged with South Ossetia

  • Protests were held in Tbilisi against Russia’s changes to South Ossetian border

    On Saturday July 8th, by the State Chancellery of Georgia’s offices, there was a protest against the installation by the Russian border service of a de facto border of the self-proclaimed South Ossetia, as reported by Georgia Online.

    "Activists of the youth wing of the European Georgia party demanded an end to the ongoing creation of borders in Georgian territories and are outraged by the authorities' inaction," the statement said.

    Protesters carried barbed wire ahead of them as a symbol of …

  • Russia begins large-scale military exercise in South Ossetia

    Divisions of the Russian 58th Combined-Arms Army started command and staff exercises in the territory of South Ossetia, as announced by Vadim Astafyev, spokesperson for the Southern Military District, TASS reports.

    “Military personnel are working on the actions of divisions during an air raid of an imaginary enemy, overcoming contaminated sections of terrain under conditions of weapons of mass destruction and radioelectric suppression being used by an enemy,” Astafyev explained.

    The drills …

  • Russia integrates South Ossetian army into the Russian military

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu and South Ossetian representative Ibrahim Gasseev signed an "interstate" agreement on the order of intergartion of separate divisions of the South Ossetian Republic army into the structure of the Russian Armed Forces.

    "We, as before, consider cooperation between Russia and South Ossetia as one of the stabilizing factors in the Caucasus. In general, we are connected by long-standing relations," Shoygu said at the signing ceremony.

    He recalled that Russia …

  • UN Security Council began to discuss the situation in Abkhazia and South Ossetia

    The UN Security Council has begun to discuss the continuing aggravation of the situation in Georgia, primarily in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as a result of Russia’s provocative actions. The talks were initiated by Ukraine at Georgia’s request on March 28.

    Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations reported the matter as part of exclusive commentary to

    The Ukrainian delegation drew the Security Council’s attention to the so-called "Parliamentary …

  • Russian government agrees to integrate some South Ossetia military units into the structure of the Russian Armed Forces

    The Russian Government will present the draft agreement on the entry procedure of South Ossetia military units into the structure of the Russian Armed Forces to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. The corresponding document was published on the government’s official website.

    “In this agreement, the entry of units into the structure of the Russian Armed Forces allows for the recruitment of citizens for military service in the Russian Armed Forces under contract, where they …

  • NATO urged Russia to withdraw its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent regions

    RIA Novosti reported that the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel urged Russia to "withdraw recognition" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    "We call on Russia to withdraw its recognition of independence of the two regions and to express respect for Georgian borders," InterpressNews news agency quotes him as saying after the meeting with Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria.

    Pavel also believes that Russia should be involved in safeguarding the security of the Black Sea. " …

  • Georgian PM predicts Russia will abandon recognition of Abkhazian and South Ossetian independence

    The Georgian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, believes that sooner or later Russia will withdraw its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states.

    "I believe that it is possible, and it will be so in the end. I do not know whether it will happen this year or in five years, but I'm sure that it will happen sooner or later," Abashidze said in an interview with Tbilisi television company Starvision.

    According to the Special Envoy, "it ( …

  • Georgian lawyers refuse to work with Yandex because the service's maps show an independent Abkhazia

    In Georgia, lawyers refused to serve the Russian internet services company Yandex, because they use maps that list Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent countries. Former Press Secretary of the Embassy of Georgia in Ukraine, Bacho Korchilava, wrote about this on his page in Facebook.

    "The emergence of Yandex was immediately marked by a scandal, as the maps of Abkhazia and South Ossetia listed them as independent countries. Then, of course, all legal and governmental mechanisms started to …

  • The US will not recognize a referendum in South Ossetia to join Russia

    The US does not support the possibility of holding a referendum to allow the state of South Ossetia to join the Russian Federation. This was said by the State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, and was reported on the department’s website.

    “We support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, which includes South Ossetia. This means that we do not accept any attempts by South Ossetia to break away or declare its sovereignty,” Toner said.

    South Ossetia has changed the date for …

  • Moscow hints that it will not cooperate with ICC's investigation into 2008 Russo-Georgian War

    Moscow has hinted that they will not cooperate further with the International Criminal Court of The Hague (ICC) in its investigation into war crimes committed in Georgia in 2008 following the Court's announcement that all parties involved will be held accountable.

    Last month, the ICC made the decision to start an investigation into the war crimes committed in Georgia in August of 2008. The Court stated that “such crimes include murders, crimes against humanity, unlawful deportation, …