July 5, 2022

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Georgia enters the scene

South Ossetia, a Russian breakaway region located in northern Georgia, announced on Friday that it will hold Referendum On July 17 on its incorporation into Russia, as announced by members of the former head of the region, Anatoly Bibilov. His office said in a statement that the former president “signed a decree to hold a referendum in the Republic of South Ossetia,” and also spoke of the “historic aspiration” of South Ossetia to join Russia on its borders. “We are back home”Bibilov said in a telegram, where he also mentioned it “South Ossetia and Russia will be together” And that “this is the beginning of a wonderful new story.”

But the current and elected president of the region Alan Jagloyev, Saturday inquired about the call announced by Bibilov’s office. Gagloyev explained that the agreement governing relations between his region and Russia since the Kremlin recognized the independence of South Ossetia in 2008 after a war with Georgia states: coordinate its foreign policy.

Extract or configure the question. Did Anatoly Bibilov comply with the terms of the agreementAnd You agreed with your decision with the relevant authorities of the Russian Federation? “He indicated that he accused the outgoing president of not consulting with him regarding the announcement of the referendum. While he supported the reunification of the Ossetian people within Russia, he warned that the July referendum might meet the same fate as the referendum held in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union.

On that occasion, 98% of Surosets were in favor of incorporation into the Russian FederationHowever, it has no legally binding consequences. Since 2008 that area has been a Russian protectorate, Moscow has a military base and its budget is 90% dependent on Russian state coffers. Georgia sees the referendum as illegitimate and “unacceptable”, but the Kremlin has already said that it will respect the will of the people of South Ossetia.

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Coordinated consultation with Russia

It is not that Gagloyev is against integration with Russia. What the president-elect wants is Coordination of the referendum with Russia and not to do it independently. Days before the ex-president was questioned, Gagloyev explained the problem of integration in Russia: “It’s not about unification, but about the mechanism of it. We understand that perfectly in this case. Not everything depends on South Ossetia. In matters like this, every step must be agreed upon.”

In fact, Gagloyev explained to Russia’s TASS news agency that “as soon as we receive the signal, as soon as we understand that the time has come, This poll will definitely take place.”. South Ossetia hopes that Russia will give it the green light for a popular consultation.