Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov signed an “alliance and integration” treaty Thursday in Moscow.
The treaty focuses on forming a common defence and security space between Russia and South Ossetia. In fact, units from South Ossetia’s military will be integrated in the Russian Armed Forces. Adding to that, both countries agreed that if they get attacked, it will be considered an aggression on the other country.
In short, Russia is guaranteeing South Ossetia’s independence.
Russia will invest 1 billion rubles in 2016 for the implementation of the Treaty. TASS reported President Putin’s explanation of this investment: “The implementation of the treaty will be supported by considerable financial resources. In 2016, around 1 billion rubles will be allocated to South Ossetia for these purposes,” Putin told journalists. “In 2008-2014, the total amount of financial support for the republic stood at 43 billion rubles”.
Russia will most likely invest in South Ossetian energy and natural resources. Gas pipelines could be built or upgraded through South Ossetia. The region also possesses vast natural resources such as timber, manganese, iron ore, and copper and coal deposits.
The Kremlin’s website has published the transcripts of the beginning of the meeting between the two Presidents. South Ossetia’s President Leonid Tibilov said:
"We know that the Russian Federation is our people and republic’s only guarantor, and I am particularly happy that this event is taking place today, on what is such a symbolic date in the Russian people’s life. It was exactly a year ago that the agreement was signed by which the people of Crimea and Sevastopol, having expressed their free will, found their Motherland.
"We welcomed that decision right from the first. South Ossetia welcomes all of Russia’s political decisions and we always stand at your side. I want to thank you for the huge support that Russia is giving South Ossetia. We will have the chance today to give you a brief overview of some of our results and achievements in 2014. Russia is helping us to raise our living standards."
The Treaty is for a 25-year period with a possible 10 year extension.
TheRebel.media contributor Jonathan Wade served in the Canadian Forces with distinction for more than fourteen years prior to his honourable discharge in June 2014, a career which led him to travel across the globe, deploying to Afghanistan in 2009 to mentor and advise the Afghan National Army—where he was awarded the Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation—and shortly to Haiti following the earthquake of 2010.
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