On March 16, a meeting of the President of the Republic of South Ossetia Alan Gagloev and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin was held in Moscow.
The leaders of the two states discussed current state of the affairs and the perspectives of further development of the bilateral cooperation, first of all, in social and economic sphere.
Vladimir Putin welcomed Alan Gagloev and emphasized that the South Ossetian-Russian relations are of special character.
“Mr Gagloyev ,I am very happy to see you and to get to know you. I will not describe relations between South Ossetia and Russia – I think it needs no comment, they is of a special nature. That said, I would like to note that we are developing relations in all areas, including the economy. Our trade grew by 12 percent last year, which is overall a good figure. We continue to develop most all of our programmes – the investment programme, the programme for socio-economic development, the programme of financial aid and the credit programme for aid and support for South Ossetia.
As for ensuring security, the republic has a Russian military base, and our structures there maintain very close cooperation in this respect. I am sure there are also some issues that we need to discuss. I am at your disposal and am very happy to see you”, said Vladimir Putin.
Alan Gagloev thanked the Russian President for the possibility to convey personally the words of sincere gratitude on behalf of the people of the Republic of South Ossetia.
“We remember that the Russian Federation was always close to us when the republic was going through hard times, and that it has been giving us valuable support, up to this day. We remember August 2008 when the people of South Ossetia faced the threat of almost complete annihilation, but then the aggressor was stopped due to absolutely correct and timely decisions. We are fulfilling our duty and showing our gratitude today, not only in words but also in our actions. Ossetian fighters are upholding our common history, common values, and our common faith along with their Russian brothers in the special military operation. I must say that all of them go there with confidence in victory because they understand that they are fighting for the truth and for historical justice. I must note that many of them have state awards from the Russian Federation”, said Gagloev.
The head of the South Ossetian state marked that despite the complex geopolitical situation it is vital to coordinate actions for the sake of common security as much as possible.
“Issues of economic interaction are gaining strategic importance these days. South Ossetia has a special role to play in this respect: we were the first to take on aggression because we were faithful to our historical duty – to be with Russia. We must show the world that this is the only right choice. Therefore, we need to do everything we can to make the republic’s economy self-sufficient and become a full-fledged economic partner for the Russian Federation”, noted Alan Gagloev.
He thanked Vladimir Pution for the decision to support the project for gas distribution to the entire territory of the Republic of South Ossetia.
“This will indeed be a breakthrough for economic progress. We will be able to stop the outflow of rural population, preserve our villages and give an entirely new impetus to the development of agriculture. This would be very helpful for attracting investors to the republic. Vladimir Vladimirovich, the people of South Ossetia will never forget this.
This year, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the recognition of national independence of the Republic of South Ossetia by the Russian Federation. Using this opportunity, I would like to invite you to South Ossetia as a most honored guest. You will see for yourself the warm, family-like, grateful attitude of the people of South Ossetia towards you, Mr President. Thank you very much for this opportunity to discuss the questions we are facing today and for the warm reception”, said Gagloev.