December 5 , 2017 – Fort Russ News –
Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill to the State Duma for ratification. The bill is on joining military units of South Ossetia to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
The document was signed in Moscow on March 31, 2017. As Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu explained then, the agreement “will affect the further strengthening of security in this region” and help to avoid the recurrence of the events of 2008.
In turn, Defense Minister of South Ossetia, Ibrahim Gasseev said that the agreement is important for South Ossetia, since it will “further strengthen the defense and security of the state, create prerequisites for active cooperation between the defense departments of the tw states.” The agreement was ratified by the parliament of South Ossetia on July 21.
South Ossetia is not internationally recognised as a separate state (except by Russia), and is recognised by most countries as an autonomous region within the borders of Georgia, but under the control of the Russian-backed de-facto government. The northern portion of the region consists of the republic of North Ossetia–Alania within the Russian Federation itself.
South Ossetia has proclaimed itself as independent since 1990, but sought further self-determination since the 2008 aggression of the Georgian army.