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Visa-free friendship2010-02-02 21:39
As was expected, the visa-free regime agreement between Russian and South Ossetia stirred the irritation of Georgia, which seems to worry about each step undertaken by the Russian authorities in favor of the former Georgian region. The agreement cannot significantly facilitate the uncontrolled crossing of the Russian-South-Ossetian border; still, it will validate the South-Ossetian passports.
There have never been any border encumbrances between South Ossetia and Russia and there will never be any. The recently signed bilateral visa-free regime agreement will enable to cross the state border both with the Russian passports (according to the previously set procedure) and with the South-Ossetian ones.
The Georgians mockingly notice that the document does not bear any sense. As was stated by State Minister of Georgia Temur Yakobashvili during a video-bridge conference, this is "another unsuccessful joke", the informational agencies report.
"If I am not mistaken, Russia has stated several times that the people of the so-called South Ossetia are its citizens. If they sign a visa-free agreement with their citizens, then they have overdone it, indeed", - he commented.
Despite the sarcasm expressed by some of the experts, Tbilisi is seriously concerned whether South Ossetia has made a stride forward on its way to the state establishment. This was underlined by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nino Kalandadze's in her statement.
"Russia's attempts of legitimating the separative regime in Abkhazia are irrelevant, considering the fact that they have been issuing Russian passports to the people even against their will for many years", - she stated.
According to her, the visa-free agreement "runs contrary to all international standards", Interfax reports.
Kalandadze was supported by Head of the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration David Darchiashvili. "There are no real changes. Russia does not take the international opinion into account and keeps ignoring the international law", - he commented.
However, the statement about violating the international standards is beneath criticism. From the point of view of Russia, as well as of another three countries, South Ossetia is an independent state and has got the right to conclude any treaties without looking back at Tbilisi.