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Russia guarantees2010-04-07 23:26
Today Russian and South Ossetian Defense Ministers Anatoly Serdyukov and Yuri Tanaev signed a treaty on a joint Russian military base in the territory of the republic. Under the document Russian Armed Forces shall be stationed at the base together with RSO Armed Forces to protect sovereignty and ensure security in the republic also to counteract international terrorist groups. In the meantime Georgia reported that Tbilisi will try to convince the world community to officially acknowledge Abkhazia and South Ossetia as "occupied Georgian territories"
According to Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, the status of Russian bases deployed in the republic will be changed from now on. "Certainly, signing the agreement Russia takes full responsibility for protecting South Ossetia", - he said remarking that the situation along South Ossetian border remains complicated with the threat of Georgia's use of force still there, RIA Novosti reports.
RSO Defense Minister Yuri Tanaev thanked Russia represented by Defense Minister for the attention paid to security in the republic. "This treaty will guarantee peaceful labor and prosperity in our country", - the minister stated.
The treaty draft on a joint Russian military base in South Ossetia was presented by Russian government in March. The document regulates the status of the base's personnel and their families, as well as the use of land lots and other property.
President Dmitry Medvedev welcomed the proposals ordering the Defense ministry assisted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hold talks with the South Ossetian side and sign the agreement on behalf of Russia.
As known, Tskhinval called Moscow to deploy a Russian military base in the territory of the republic almost immediately after the end of the 5-day war. South Ossetian president Edward Kokoyty explained it as a necessity to prevent "new attempts at genocide of the Ossetian nation".
Construction of a Russian military base in the republic was reported later after the legal basis for this step was created in the form of a friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance treaty between Russia and South Ossetia.