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Kolerov: “US defense secretary’s service to Russia is everlasting”
16:15 09/19/2008

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has destroyed by one word the long-term efforts of western propaganda to assure (and particularly — to deceive) Russia that extension of NATO up to its borders does not threat its military security," said Modest Kolerov, REGNUM managing director commented on a statement made by the US secretary of defense that first of all NATO is a “military alliance not a talk shop” (cited by SkyNews).

Kolerov underlined: “For all these years, when the military infrastructure of NATO was eating up territories of the former Warsaw Treaty at first, and then swallowed up the Baltic states and was clearly planning to absorb Georgia and Ukraine, the western teachers and their Western-European, especially Ukrainian, students used to tell Russia: ‘Why are you so concerned about approaching of NATO to Russia’s border? NATO is no longer what it was, long time ago, the military element in it gave up even not to military-political, but cleanly to political and humanitarian tasks of promoting democracy, civil society and spirituality!’ They used to say that Russia rather than protest, should be simply happy about such center of human rights and progress what, according to them, became the present-day NATO approaching to its borders… Now they will have to swallow this slap in the face. The most important thing is that all their long-term conscious lie was disproved exactly by the master of the bloc, its controlling stockholder – the USA.

It is mere words that everyone is equal in NATO, and decisions are made by a consensus, — the price of their consensus is so insignificant, like the price of their assurances that NATO is not a military bloc. Now, nobody will deny the obvious fact that NATO during the whole history of its expansion against Russia has been posing military tasks. And Russia should even thank the US secretary of defense for this long-awaited truth; his service to Russia’s foreign policy and society is truly everlasting”.

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Rice lectures Lavrov on Georgia moves
25 Sep 2008 00:40:54 GMT

By Sue Pleming

NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Moscow's foreign minister on Wednesday Russia's incursion into Georgia last month was a big mistake and had harmed its reputation internationally.

In a tense but polite encounter -- their first since the Georgia crisis -- Rice had a "thorough exchange" with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, Daniel Fried.

"The disagreements were quite clear," said Fried, who attended the meeting with Rice at her New York hotel. "But there was not shouting, table-pounding histrionics. The two ministers are professionals," he added.

Fried said Rice also told Lavrov that Russia's recognition of the Georgian breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia were a mistake, "quite a serious one."

"(Rice said) Russia did not enjoy any significant international support and Russia had created grave difficulties for itself," Fried added.

Fried said Lavrov responded with "known Russian positions" to Rice's strong criticism.

Speaking later to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Lavrov made clear Moscow did not feel isolated in the least but indicated a chill in relations with Washington, particularly over its missile defense plans.

"The feeling of hostile policies is indeed something we feel sometimes," said Lavrov.

Rice and Lavrov had only spoken three times since the Georgia crisis and their relations have been testy in the past, particularly over imposing sanctions against Iran.

IRAN TENSIONS

Russia boycotted talks by major powers planned for Thursday at which a fourth round of sanctions against Iran was to be discussed to get Tehran to give up its nuclear work. Russia opposes more sanctions.

The Bush administration has sought to play down the significance of the Russian decision to scrap the ministerial meeting on Iran and Rice said the timing was not right.

Lavrov complained the United States could not block Russian attendance at meetings by the Group of Eight industrial nations, "that are important for the entire world", and then demand cooperation from Russia in areas it cared about.

"You can't have it both ways," Lavrov told the Council on Foreign Relations.

Fried said both ministers agreed there should be a ministerial meeting to discuss Iran at some later stage but that no date or place had been set. Lavrov was less firm and said experts should meet "down the road."

Lavrov said he and Rice did not discuss sanctions against Iran and declined to say whether or not Russia would eventually support a fourth sanctions resolution. They did discuss both Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs, he added.

"We believe that in both cases our overriding goals have not changed. We want to resolve peacefully both situations," he said. "We will continue our discussions on both issues."

Rice has presided over a steady deterioration of U.S. ties with Moscow. She led international condemnation of Russia's decision to send troops to Georgia to stop Tbilisi's attempt to retake the pro-Russian, separatist region of South Ossetia.

She antagonized Russia last week with a speech, telling the West to resist Russian "bullying," and accusing Moscow of becoming increasingly authoritarian and aggressive. (Additional reporting by Lou Charbonneau; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Medvedev vows to help ensure stability in South Ossetia, Abkhazia
09:04 GMT, Oct 01, 2008

MOSCOW. Oct 1 (Interfax) - Russia will do everything in its power
to help ensure stability in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev told a Kremlin ceremony, during which
servicemen received state awards for their courage displayed during the
events in South Ossetia.

"We have helped the Ossetian people rebuild what was destroyed, and
we will continue to help. We will do everything possible to ensure that
the peaceful life of these two new democratic states - South Ossetia and
Abkhazia - is stable. This is our duty," he said.

"We will never forget those who saved civilians at the expense of
their own lives. Soldiers and officers who were at the center of the
aggression are present at this hall today. I thank you for the
impeccable execution of your combat duties, your courage, and the
exactness shown by you as you fulfilled the set tasks. Each of you
managed to mobilize his experience, knowledge and force to ensure the
success of the peacekeeping operation by your expert actions," the
president said.

During the Wednesday ceremony, Hero of Russia Gold Stars were
awarded to tank squadron commander Captain Yury Yakovlev and tank
commander Sergeant Sergei Mylnikov, who attacked Georgian combat troops
and destroyed arms depots and several items of the adversary's armored
military hardware during fierce fighting.

Lieut. Col. Konstantin Timerman received the Hero of Russia title
for refusing to leave the battleground in spite of his wounds.

Airborne troops officer Anatoly Lebed received a St. George Order,
fourth grade. For Courage medals were presented to a peacekeeping
battalion's medical instructors Zukhra Tramova and Maya Bestayeva, who
rescued dozens of wounded people working amid intense gunfire.


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Six peacekeepers killed in blast in South Ossetia
17:53 10/03/2008

Six peacekeepers have been killed, four people are wounded in a car-blast in the territory of the peacekeepers' headquartersin South Ossetia. The car was seized in the Georgian-populated village of Disev in the security zone on accusations of violating rules of passage and arms trafficking.

Earlier today, there was an attempt at the head of Leningorsky District in South Ossetia Anatoly Margiyev. He managed to survive, but another person was hurt in the blast.

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Car bomb kills seven, injures four in Tskhinval
03.10.2008, 19.35

MOSCOW, October 3 (Itar-Tass) -- Seven peacekeepers were killed and another seven were injured in a car bomb explosion in Tskhinval, peacekeepers commander Maj. Gen. Marat Kulakhmetov told Itar-Tass.

“Two vehicles were seized in the Georgian village of Ditsa on Friday. There were four people, presumably ethnic Georgians, in the cars. They carried no identification documents but firearms and two F-1 grenades. The vehicles and the individuals were taken to Tskhinval. The bomb was planted in one of the vehicles. Presumably, it was equivalent to 20 kilograms TNT,” he said.

The bomb went off at 4:45 p.m. Moscow time. “According to the preliminary information, it was a car bomb planted in the direct proximity to the headquarters,” head of the South Ossetian Information and Press Committee Irina   Gagloyeva said.

A headquarters source told Itar-Tass that the car was registered in the Georgian village of Ditsi.

One of the victims explosion in Tskhinval is the chief of the joint staff of peacekeeping forces in the conflict zone, Colonel Ivan Petrik, the newspaper Kommersant reported on Saturday, referring to South Ossetian authorities.

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Swiss embassy to represent Russia in Georgia
03.10.2008, 21.32

MOSCOW, October 3 (Itar-Tass) -- The Swiss embassy in Tbilisi will represent Russia in Georgia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday with the reference to the Swiss government.

“The recent Georgian decision to break off diplomatic relations with Russia naturally affected average people in the first turn,” the ministry said. “That is the question of our citizens in Georgia and the large Georgian community in Russia. Once the two embassies are officially closed, it is legally impossible to resolve many issues, among them consular and humanitarian ones.”

“In order to minimize the negative consequences of the Georgian demarche, the Russian Foreign Ministry has found a legal way of maintaining interstate contacts in the interests of Russian and Georgian citizens,” the ministry said. “We have had contacts with the Swiss side, which wishes to represent Russian interests in Georgia.”

“Russia is grateful for the decision of the Swiss government. A Russian desk will be formed at the Swiss embassy in Tbilisi in conformity with the world practice,” the ministry said.

“Russian and Swiss experts will soon hold consultations in order to specify modalities and to support them with documents,” the ministry said.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry said in late September it was holding consultations with Russia on the areas and forms of consular contacts, as well as on diplomatic contacts via third countries.

“Georgia decided to break off diplomatic relations with Russia and sent an official notification to that effect on September 2,” the ministry said. “However, bearing in mind the interests of Georgian citizens living in Russia and Russian citizens living in Georgia, the Georgian side decided to continue consular contacts with the Russian Federation in line with the Vienna Convention of April 24, 1963.”

”The issue of visas was complicated during the August hostilities. With humanitarian needs in mind, Georgian authorities restored the simpler visa issue formula of 2004 on September 4. Russian citizens can receive Georgian entry visas in airports, at land and sea checkpoints,” the ministry said.

Russia and Georgia established the visa regime in December 2000 by decision of the Russian government. Georgia reduced visa formalities in 2004, but Russia did not follow the suit.

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on September 2 that Georgia had decided to break off bilateral diplomatic relations.

“We are studying the statement,” a ministry source told Itar-Tass back then. “As we have warned before, this step will not help preserve civilized official contacts between the two nations. First and foremost, it will have a negative effect on the interests of Georgian citizens who are staying in Russia permanently or temporarily.”

“Any future problems in consular affairs should be attributed to the state, which has initiated such developments,” he said. “In this case, we should attribute them to Tbilisi.”

Director of the Georgian Foreign Ministry’s Russian desk Irakly Torondzhadze presented two memos to Russian embassy adviser Andrei Smaga on September 2.

One memo announced the termination of the bilateral diplomatic relations, the other said that consular relations would go on, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said.

“Bearing in mind the Russian hostile actions against Georgia, including the military aggression, the occupation of lands and the illegal recognition of the so-called independence of the Abkhaz and Tskhinvali regions – internationally recognized territories of Georgia – and on the basis of the Georgian parliament resolution of August 28, 2008, Georgia repeals the protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Russia of July 2, 1992,” the first memo ran.

The second memo announced with the reference to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations that Georgia would preserve consular relations with Russia and the Georgian consular service in Moscow (the consul, two vice-consuls and technical staff) will continue their activity.

Smaga called ‘a mistake’ the Georgian decision to break off diplomatic relations. “From my point of view, this is a Georgian mistake that will not help to resolve existent problems,” he said.

Moscow will make a decision on diplomatic relations with Georgia proceeding from the universal diplomatic practice, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Russian media on the same day.

“Georgia must think about the general condition of the bilateral relations because a huge number of Georgian citizens work in Russia. We do not want to create problems for them,” Lavrov said.

“We did not break off relations with Georgia. It was Georgia who did that. We are still unaware of their plans. One day they tell us they will annul visa formalities for Russian citizens or issue them with entry visas at airports, and another day they announce the breaking off of diplomatic relations but wish to retain consular contacts. We simply want to know how Georgia feels about relations with Russia,” Lavrov said.

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Two people kidnapped in South Ossetia's security zone
14:03 10/14/2008

Two civilians have been kidnapped in   Korkula village, Tskhinvali region, Republic of South Ossetia, the authorities of the republic report. The village is bordered by the Georgian village of Chere, which is located in the Georgian territory in the security zone, where international observers are currently deployed.

“It is the second case of abduction during the time of presence of international observers here”, — the press service of the republican Interior Ministry noticed. As REGNUM reported before, Russia has fulfilled its obligations under the Medvedev — Sarkozy plan and withdrew its troops from the buffer zones adjacent to Abkhazia and South Ossetia, passing the posts to EU observers.

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Kokoity blames international observers for failing to preventprovocations in conflict zone
10:56 GMT, Oct 18, 2008

TSKHINVALI. Oct 18 (Interfax) - South Ossetia leader Eduard Kokoity has expressed his bewilderment over the apparent lack of response from international observers in the region to Georgian provocations.

"The situation in the border zone between South Ossetia and Georgia is again   getting complicated. Attacks at South Ossetian law enforcement checkpoints   and kidnappings are occurring virtually on a daily basis," Kokoity told Interfax on Saturday.

"International observers have quite a strange way of performing their mission by ignoring these things. The bias of international observers is obvious. Their work does not help improve the situation, on the contrary, it only gets worse," Kokoity said.

"By acting in this way, Georgia violates the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan with a tacit observation by international representatives," he added.

South Ossetia Interior Minister Mikhail Mindzayev told Interfax earlier on   Saturday that the republic's law enforcement posts were attacked by machine-gun fire from the Georgian village of Nikozi.

"South Ossetia's law enforcement posts on the border with the Georgian   village of Nikozy were attacked by machine-gun and small-arms fire this   morning. This happened at the time when South Ossetian positions were being equipped in border zones," Mindzayev said.

There are no casualties or victims, he said.


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Russians reject McCain cash plea
   
   
The Russian mission to the UN in New York says it has turned down a request from John McCain to help fund his presidential campaign.   
   
Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin and others received standard mail-outs asking them to help "stop the Democrats from seizing control of Washington".   
   
Spokesmen for the McCain campaign and the mission accepted the letters were "a computer error".   
   
Mr McCain has been a strong opponent of Russia on human rights and Georgia.   
   
Brian Rogers, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, told the BBC the campaign had not itself received any complaints from the mission and that "it sounds like they're having a little fun at our expense".   
   
"It's just an error," he said.   
   
US presidential candidates are legally barred from accepting foreign donations.   
   
Funding denial   
   
The letter to Mr Churkin has a return form which carries the words: "I am proud to stand with our Republican candidates as the Obama Democrats and their wealthy liberal backers focus their attacks squarely on defeating Republicans and gaining control of our government.   
   
"I want to do all I can to help stop the Democrats from seizing control of Washington and implementing their radically liberal policy for our nation."   
   
The form then has a space for a signature over the typed name, Vitaly Churkin.   
   
On the copy the Russians released, the space is unsigned.   
   
Ruslan Bakhtin, a spokesman for Russia's UN mission, said: "It's evident that [the letter] was a mistake. It happens."   
   
But he also stressed: "Russian authorities are in no way engaged in funding political campaigns or political activities abroad."   
   
Mr McCain has opposed Moscow on a number of measures.   
   
To evade Russia's veto in the UN Security Council he has proposed setting up an alternative body: the League of Democracies.   
   
During the Russia-Georgia conflict this summer, he said: "We are all Georgians now."   
   
He has also proposed throwing Russia out of the G8 over its human rights record.   
   
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Clashes may resume in Caucasus, if EU observers not to work
23.10.2008, 13.55

MOSCOW, October 23 (Itar-Tass) - Russia is apprehensive of the fact that EU observers do not fulfil so far their functions of security guarantors in the zones, adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia, said on Thursday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a news conference in Moscow after the talks with his Latvian counterpart.

“We daily call attention of European Union representatives to the fact that actions, violating the understandings recorded in the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan, are regularly committed in zones where the mission of EU observers is deployed,” he said. “The Georgian side does not fulfil its obligations on a return of troops to places of their permanent deployment, periodically dispatching commandoes and other armed groups to zones, adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”

“Let us keep in mind that the European Union acts as the guarantor of non-use of force against South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” Lavrov emphasised. “We are apprehensive of such light-minded attitude to what is going on in those zones. This is a dangerous play with fire.

“If clear-cut and demilitarised regimes are not established in those zones under control of European Union observers and with the participation of observers of the OACE and the UN, activities may start, resulting in dangerous clashes.

“Therefore, we actually on a daily basis call on our colleagues from the European Union to fulfil, after all, functions of the guarantor of non-use of force and to ensure such regime in those zones, which would become a material basis for such a guarantee.”

The minister called as false information, circulated in Tbilisi, on dispatching Russian troops to the Caucasus.

“It’s difficult to comment on statements by official Georgian representatives, since they contain almost no truth; and regrettably, the method of planting false information into information space is used by them regularly in the recent past,” Lavrov continued.

“Russia has already announced that in compliance with the treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with South Ossetia and Abkhazia, military contingents of around 3,700 men in each case were deployed in the territories of those republics. This information is open; it was accessible to all from the very beginning; and any concoctions around these figures remain on conscience of those spreading them.”

At the same time, Latvian Foreign Minister Maris Riekstins contended that the work of EU observers “is complicated by the circumstance that they cannot be personally informed of all events, taking place in South Ossetia, since access to some areas is impossible up to this time”. In the minister’s opinion, “international observers could be present in all zones rather than only from the side of the Georgian territory or South Ossetia”.

Lavrov responded to this that Moscow is interested that Latvia as a member of the European Union should be fully informed of developments in South Ossetia.

“Under the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan, UN observers in Abkhazia and OSCE observers in South Ossetia will continue to stay there in numbers and places of deployment, which were on August 7,” the minister noted. “As for other observers, they are stationed in zones, adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”

“The logic of this document is self-evident: it is necessary to observe the aggressor rather than his victim,” he underlined.

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Russia calls U.S. resolution on Georgian sovereignty 'faulty PR'
   
Topic: Russia backs sovereignty for Abkhazia, S.Ossetia
   
Moscow hit out at a U.S. resolution that urges Russia "to remove its occupying forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia" on Monday, calling it an ill-advised "PR move".

On July 29, the U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a resolution calling on Russia to respect Georgia's territorial integrity and to withdraw its troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

"The statements that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are allegedly 'occupied' by Russia have neither factual nor legal grounds," a spokesman for Russia's Foreign Ministry said. "This resolution is no more than PR move."

Moscow also said that the resolution encouraged Georgia's "revanchist sentiments."

Tensions between Russia and Georgia exploded in August 2008, which began when Georgian forces attacked the breakaway republic of South Ossetia in an attempt to bring it back under central control. Russia forces expelled Georgia troops, chasing them deep into Georgia.

Russia recognized South Ossetia and another breakaway Georgian republic, Abkhazia, as independent states two weeks after the conflict. Georgia considers the two regions part of its sovereign territory.

Georgia hailed on Saturday the U.S. resolution, saying that the document created "a serious basis for future actions."
   
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South Ossetia - No Turning Back
                                                            
                                                         
Aug 12, 2012

August 8th marked the fourth anniversary of the short, but brutal war in South Ossetia. This date gives rise to the annual debate about who started first and internal discussions in the Russian Federation and Georgia. There is no dispute on one issue only: everyone agrees that the date of 08/08/08 was the starting point of a new reality, not only on a regional scale.

Getting from the checkpoint at the border of South Ossetia and Georgia to the center of Tskhinvali by car takes five minutes. If one leaves Tskhinvali going west along the road leading into the mountain villages, the magnificent scenery on the left side is also Georgia. Before the war in 2008, even if one went to the north towards the Russian border, in a few minutes, one would again be in Georgia - in the pocket of a series of Georgian villages located along the main road.

The microscopic nature of the local scale is difficult to get used to. Most of geopolitics was done on an area of ​​several dozens of square kilometers, where for decades, maybe even centuries, culture and ethnic groups were intertwined together. Now the name of this boondocks, a natural "ladder" between the plain and the highlands, is known to the entire world.

It is no accident. People living in these beautiful places are held hostage to high politics and old unresolved conflicts of bygone eras. The conflict between Georgians and Ossetians did not begin yesterday, and not even 20 years ago. Old people today can tell you about the massacre of 1920. In all likelihood, Georgians have something to tell as well. But every age presents its own way of solving the conflict, which always proves to be only temporary - for several decades. And then everything will be repeated again. This means that the details of the tragedies of recent years will form the basis of mythology that will support the next generation of combat readiness of the inhabitants of these places.

The Georgian-Ossetian conflict is not over. But in this case, the Ossetians had more luck than the Georgians - they managed to win with the help of Russia, and clearly indicate their monopoly on the territory that has always been a source of controversy, simply because it intersected at two different cultures, two different peoples. A conflict of identities is always there at the crossroads of cultures. Today, from Tskhinvali, the Georgian hills seem farther away than they really are.

But everything else happened for the first time. The war of 2008 was different from the events of 20 years ago. First, along with events in Kosovo, it broke the immutable throughout 60 year period order. "Smart heads" after World War II decided that they could stop the natural course of human civilization if they recorded that the then existing boundaries between nations cannot be changed under any circumstances. This is the greatest folly that directly contradicts the logic of the world history.

And yet, despite the abundance of precedents, the world before the end of the last decade stood on this foundation. With the recognition of Kosovo's independence by a few dozens of countries and with Russia's recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the idea of ​​the inviolability of the borders has collapsed. The old system of values ​​will live by inertia for a number of years, but the powers-that-be would have to invent a universal form of spatial changes that is actually impossible to do.
   
Precedents of South Ossetia and Kosovo have shown that the actual reality that developed after severe ethnic conflicts where one side has clearly won, and the other - clearly lost, cannot find legal recognition. Until now, the international community either forgot about these problem areas, or insisted on the possibility of restoring the old status quo, which is often impossible. Most interestingly, the initiators of breaking the old system were the United States and Russia - precisely the countries that once created it.
   
It turns out that in the case of South Ossetia, Russia has a considerable share of responsibility for the viability of the "experiment". Moscow's recognition not only legitimized the reality created by force of arms, but also acted as a guarantor of the adequacy of the system that prevailed in South Ossetia. This is the first reason that makes it clear that it is impossible to go back despite the expectations of Tbilisi. For Russia, the viability of South Ossetia is a matter of reputation.
   
Compared to earlier times, much has changed not only in the rules of the world politics, but the atmosphere and environment around the conflict. We know from history that the events of the 1920s in South Ossetia were at least as much, if not more, bloody than the days of August 2008. Even better, we know that 20 years ago, when South Ossetia achieved de facto independence, human tragedies and atrocities were even more rampant than four years ago. But how many in the world knew about the troubles of the small area?

We will likely not be mistaken if we assume that even a century ago no one knew what was happening in the neighboring regions of the Caucasus. 20 years ago, there was no Internet, but there was television and newspapers with millions of copies. However, in order for one's voice to be heard in the world, tremendous efforts were required. The voice of South Ossetia in the early 1990's was not heard.
   
Now everything has changed completely. The war in and around Tskhinvali was fierce, but short, and lasted only five days. The war in the information space continues to this day, and will last a long time. It will not be stopped by anything, not even the investigation by the commission headed by Heidi Tagliavini recognized by the international community.

We are back where we started. Today the problems of the microscopic area in the mountains without roads, with a few people and no oil are known to many millions of people around the world. And this, as well as the presence of their own state, now makes the new realities absolutely unique to the Ossetians. Now their future is largely dependent not on the ability to shoot well but the persuasiveness of their arguments to the world community.

The new generation of the republic has a chance to build new houses, hoping that they will not be burned by the enemy half a century later. Now their future is increasingly dependent not on how well their knives are sharpened, but the rest of the global situation in the world. They have a chance to win this fight - but there is also a chance to lose because the opponent, too, lives in the present and is well aware of the opportunities that the new times provide.
                        
                           
Anton Krivenyuk, Pravda.Ru
            
            
   
   
 
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South Ossetia recognizes self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic


17 June 2014, 17:33


Caucasian republic South Ossetia (focus of armed conflict between Russia and Georgia in 2008) has recognized results of the independence referendum in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LNR), itself now the focus of fighting between secessionist activists and administration forces from Ukraine's capital, Kiev.

"Respecting the expression of the will of the LNR people, our republic has recognized the results of the referendum," South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

Responding to the LNR Supreme Council request for recognition of its independence from Ukraine as a sovereign state, Tibilov said: "South Ossetia is ready to make a constructive decision and would be guided by universal norms of international law."

South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia in 2008. It has since been recognized as an independent state by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru and Tuvalu.

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