Comment by Dmitrii Medoev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia, in connection with the statement of Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus

Дмитрий Медоев

The statement of Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus, on the possibility that Minsk recognizes the independence of the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia did not gounnoticed in South Ossetia.

The statement of Belarusian President has reasonablegrounds, and it is not only the obvious established legal international situation related to the existence of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, which implies political obligations, including implementation of a coordinated foreign policy.

We, first of all, are connected by a common historyand many years of experience of living in a single state, including by the memory of the joint struggle against fascism during the Great Patriotic War. In the light of recent changes in the international arena, with the background of the rapid growth of tensions around our countries, which we are witnessing, the desire for unity and cohesion in the face of common threats is very understandable. The current military-political crisis around Ukraine and the acceleration of the process of militarization of Georgia have actualized the issues of the search for common security.

However, there is another important reason for such a decision - it is the full-fledged interstate relations of the Republic of South Ossetia with the Russian Federation. More than 100 high level interstate and intergovernmental agreements have been signedbetween the states for the time being, and the most important of them are on issues of defense and security, customs affairs and border and interaction in the international arena. South Ossetia strictly follows the signed agreements and values the high level of the bilateral relations.

The Republic of South Ossetia is a sovereign state with all the attributes of statehood, including effective systems of legislative, executive and judicial authorities, and is always open to international relations with all states that share fundamental international legal principles.


Tskhinval, February 9, 2022