Expert: Putin has convinced residents of South Ossetia of support of the Russian
Vladimir Burmatov, department head of political science and sociology of REU n.a. Plekhanov, believes that the words of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about the possibility of entering South Ossetia into Russia confirmed Moscow's position regarding the support of Tskhinval.
"Russia will never abandon the republic, will not betray its people and will not leave thousands of Russians living there. For residents of South Ossetia it was important to make sure that their big northern neighbor is ready to be a guarantor of stability in the region 3 years after the act of forcing Georgia to peace. Prime has given them this confidence and he seems to be well aware of how many ties will president of Georgia eat in a fit of rage caused by this statement" - "AIF" quoted the words of Burmatov.
He also recalled that the fate of South Ossetia will remain in hands of citizens of the country. "As for the integration of South Ossetia with Russia, I think it is rather probable, for example, in format of the union state - in the case if Belarus officially recognizes the independence of the republic" - said Vladimir Burmatov.
Recall, at a meeting with participants of the Youth Forum "Seliger 2011" the Head of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin suggested the possibility of accession of South Ossetia to Russia, subject to a will of the Ossetian people. "You know the position of Russia, when the Georgian leadership has decided to carry out military action, the Russian government had supported South Ossetia ... The future will depend on the Ossetian people" - said Vladimir Putin.