Comments by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RSO


Pertaining to a statement made by Leonid Kalashnikov, Russian State Duma member

The statement of Leonid Kalashnikov, Russian State Duma member, made during an interview to RIA Novosti on November 16, 2016, surprised people in South Ossetia very much. According to Mr.Kalashnikov “…provides Moldova comes to a solution of its territorial conflict in Pridnestrovie, having it solved in a confederation sort, and keeps on developing relations with Russia, it will be an example for solution of conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine”.

The published information about the meeting of official delegation of the Georgian Patriarchy with James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, where as Metropolitan Andrew of Gori and Ateni stated, “the difficult situation in Abkhazia and Samachablo” had been discussed, wasn’t left without attention in South Ossetia.

October 13, 2016 saw a meeting of the autumn plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) where in his speech about human rights execution over Europe Frank-Walter-Steinmeier, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and German Foreign Minister, expressed his opinion about South Ossetia and in terms of observing the situation of human rights called the state a “grey zone” and a “black hole”.

Statements on Russia-South Ossetia relations made by Vladimir Zhirinovsky at a press-conference organized in the press center of TASS on September 14 were not left without attention in South Ossetia. In particular he declared that “the position of the LDPR is not to help anybody, any republics, anywhere … Let them develop themselves, not by means of Russia, or let them become a part of Russia or let them return to some other region”.

September 8, 2016 saw members of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress adopting by an absolute majority the Resolution (H. Res. 660) which contained not only the mythical and abstract theses about “the territorial integrity” and “occupation of Georgian regions” by Russia but also an appeal to give Georgia “opportunities for defense”.

September 10, 2009 saw the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela recognizing the independence of the Republic of South Ossetia that became an important political event in political life of our young Republic. Venezuela is the third country that followed the example of Russia and Nicaragua and made such a responsible and significant for us decision despite the difficulties the country was facing at that time. People of South Ossetia will always be thankful to the Venezuelan party for that.

Diplomatic ties are established between our countries, state visit to Venezuela was organized.

Terroristic attacks becoming usual around the world show that no one is protected against international terrorism. Terrorism has no borders and threatens the whole world. There is no secret that special agencies themselves can be involved in organizing terrorist acts. 22 terroristic acts were organized by Georgian special agencies on territory of the Republic of South Ossetia from 2005 till 2008. They resulted in 16 victims and 34 injured who received wounds of varying severity and even became invalids.

On terrorist attacks in Belgium

Kazbulat Tskhovrebov, South Ossetia Foreign Minister, stated about absolute condemnation of terrorist attacks that hit Belgian capital and resulted in large number of victims and injured. “We offer our deepest condolences to the government and families of the victims. People of South Ossetia experienced firsthand terrorist acts and therefore call the international community to be united against this evil”.


March 22, 2016, Tskhinval


The Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) approved the request submitted by the Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to conduct an investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity “committed in and around South Ossetia” that would cover period from July 1 to October 10, 2008 on January 27.

We in the Republic of South Ossetia are satisfied with this decision and express readiness to promote impartial and professional investigation, despite the fact that South Ossetian territory doesn’t fall within the scope of the Rome Statute.

Pertaining to the possibility of applying a “bundle principal” while signing additional agreements to the Treaty on Alliance and Integration concluded between the Republic of South Ossetia and the Russian Federation.

There is an international practice when several bilateral agreements are signed at a time, however it is not common. Often they coincide that to a visit of heads of states or some important international forum. In this case one can speak about signing a set of agreements. Such a practice is not obligatory.