Mamsurov: citizens of South Ossetia are ready to join Russia
The head of the republic of North Ossetia-Alania Taimuraz Mamsurov said that the people of South Ossetia is ready for entry into the Russian Federation.
According to news agency "Osinform", spokesman Mamsurov said about it. "I have no doubt in a result of the referendum on entering South Ossetia into Russia if such would be carried out. The people of South Ossetia would have answered in the affirmative" - said the representative of the regional head of the Russian Federation.
He stressed that according to the head of North Ossetia-Alania, the residents of South Ossetia has long called themselves Russians. In this case, Mamsurov added that the republic is an independent state and only its people is entitled to decide its further future.
Earlier, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that the issue of accession of South Ossetia to Russia will depend directly on the Ossetian people. "You know the position of Russia, when the Georgian leadership has started military action, Russian government supported South Ossetia ... The future will depend on the Ossetian people" - he said.
The ambassador of South Ossetia to Russia Dmitry Medoyev said that South Ossetia is not considering entry into Russia, but is interested in establishing the Union State of Russia and Belarus.