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South Ossetia Plans to Hold Referendum on Joining Russia

02.06.2017 17:06

South Ossetia is discussing plans with Russian colleagues on holding a referendum this year on joining Russia, South Ossetian President Anatoly Bibilov said in an interview with TASS.

"There are agreements (on holding the referendum) and we should implement them. Of course, we should talk to our Russian colleagues and then we will already take the decision", during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Bibilov said. In addition, the President added that the preparations for the referendum won’t be lengthy.

Earlier the authorities of South Ossetia reported that the Republic may hold a referendum in 2017 on whether it should become part of Russia. Citizens will decide on amending South Ossetia’s constitution. After that, South Ossetia will appeal to the Kremlin with a request to approve a possible accession.

Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in late August 2008. This came in the aftermath of Georgia’s armed attack on South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Russia defended the civilians and its peacekeepers who had been in the region since 1992. This event was called the "Five-Day War".