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The State Duma ratified the treaties of friendship and collaboration with Abkhasia and South Ossetia2008-10-29 13:33
Today the State Duma has unanimously ratified the treaties of friendship, collaboration and mutual assistance between the Russian Federation and Abkhasia and the Russian Federation and South Ossetia.gt-en-newsitem-inside
According to Oleg Morozov, the first vice-speaker (the United Russia party), these treaties "form the political prospective for close interaction ".In political sphere, Russia will help the formation of both republics, support their foreign affairs sphere. According to the treaties, none of the sides can participate in alliances confronting any other of the sides", - Interfax quotes Morozov.
The vice-speaker pointed out, that the ratified treaties form a legal base for"mximum free movement of the citizens on the territories if the three countries", and it's a point of great importance. "Another important thing is that the citizens of Abkhasia and South Ossetia can have double citizenship- national and Russian. Both Abkhasia and South Ossetia will issue their own passports, acceptable in Russia", - said Morozov.
"Russia ratified the treaties of friendship, collaboration and mutual assistance, and ensured that the aggression of Georgia to these republics will not repeat", - claimed Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the State Duma International Affairs Commitee . He pointed out that the treaties of friendship and collaboration put to end the period of uncertainty in the life of people fromSouth Ossetia and Abkhasia. Now they can count on life in peace and safety. For twenty years before that moment they were deprived of their basic rights, including, as the conflict showed, the right for life, said Kosachev.