September 17 marks the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the Republic of South Ossetia and the Russian Federation, which became the first comprehensive basic document that largely defined the principles and priorities of the interstate relations between the two countries.
The signing of the Treaty created conditions for expanding the South Ossetian-Russian political dialogue, increasing bilateral cooperation in trade, economic, scientific, technical, humanitarian and other fields.
The provisions of the Treaty immediately received practical content and made it possible to bring interaction between the two states to a new high level. The principles underlying the Treaty were further developed with the signing of the Treaty of Alliance and Integration between the Republic of South Ossetia and the Russian Federation on March 18, 2015. Today, there are more than 130 documents in force in almost all areas of relations, allowing for close and constant dialogue on key areas of the bilateral interaction.
We consider this significant date as the beginning of the legal formalization of the South Ossetian-Russian partnership, as evidence of a mutual understanding of the importance of the principles of good neighborliness and mutual assistance, principles aimed at preserving the national interests of South Ossetia and Russia, for the sake of peace, security and stability in the Transcaucasian region.
The past period has convincingly demonstrated that the fundamental semantic meanings of the Treaty, aimed at further strengthening relations between South Ossetia and Russia, have not lost their relevance and continue to fully meet the interests of the two peoples.
South Ossetia and Russia, basing on a solid legal framework, have been onsistently strengthening mutual strategic trust, increasing mutual support and promoting integration processes.
Tskhinval, September 17, 2023