Comments by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RSO


The Agreement between the Republic of South Ossetia and the Russian Federation about the procedures for certain divisions of the RSO Armed Forces entry to the structure of Russian Armed Forces that is currently under preparation for signing caused strong feelings among Georgian political and public community as it allegedly violates “the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Georgia” and “destabilizes the situation in the region”.

South Ossetia paid attention to the tendentious and prejudiced resolution adopted by the U.S. Congress in support of the “territorial integrity” of Georgia. Once again, the bias position of the U.S. congressmen can be judged from the fact that they unreservedly support the position of Georgia and appeal to Russia to “call back recognition of independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia”.

Q: A meeting of Grigoriy Karasin, State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and Zurab Abashidze, Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative for Relations with Russia, was held on February 7. Despite the fact that it was a regular meeting in this format, information about its outcome attracted public attention in South Ossetia. What are the reasons of that?

A referendum, where citizens will be able to express their opinion on the rebirth of the ancient name of their country, the State of Alania, will be held in the Republic of South Ossetia on April 9, 2017.

A lot of people in the world, and first of all in friendly countries, hail this decision as a most important act that shows a commitment of South Ossetia to the principles of the democratic system of a state, fundamental right of its people in an confirming the sovereignty and the historical continuity of their state.

The decision that was made by the European Parliament on February 2 about provision of visa-free regime to Georgia has caused a boundless euphoria among Georgian authority, which began to offer these benefits to “those citizens of Georgia who live in territories that are not controlled by Georgian central government – in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region”.

Couldn't but draw attention to the latest attempts to define “the status of Abkhazia and South Ossetia” once again undertaken in Georgia. This time the issue of their “special status as part of Georgia” was discussed by a constitutional commission of the neighboring state.

The absurd idea about a possibility of a certain “reintegration” and coexistence of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Georgia within one state is imposed on Georgian society with a persistence that deserves better application.

A regular session of the OSCE Council of Ministers took place in Hamburg on December 8-9, 2016. The session saw a group of states-friends of Georgia circulating a statement containing appeals to Russia to call back recognition of the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia, appeals for “peaceful solution of the conflict” and reorganizing in Georgia “a full-scale OSCE mission”.

November 24, 2016 saw the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia publishing another quarterly report “on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Regions of Georgia”, covering this time the period from July to September of the current year.

The document differs slightly form previous “reports” and completely corresponds to Georgian logic of deliberately creating negative images of states neighboring to Georgia – the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia.