25 Apr 2018 19:48

Bibilov: 200 S. Ossetian soldiers want to serve at Russian base

TSKHINVAL. April 25 (Interfax) - Some 200 South Ossetian soldiers said they want to serve at the Russian military base under the agreements reached with Russia, South Ossetian President Anatoly Bibilov said.

"We have signed contracts that will be fully implemented by November, allowing for the creation of a unified defense and security contour of Russia and South Ossetia," Bibilov told reporters on Wednesday.

South Ossetian soldiers' service at the Russian base will "increase combat readiness and equipment. In any case, the tasks set by the Defense Ministry of South Ossetia and Russia to ensure a unified security contour will be achieved," he said.

The Russian soldiers who are in South Ossetia are fully ensuring the republic's security, Bibilov said.

The agreement between Russia and South Ossetia on the procedures for including units of the armed forces of South Ossetia in the Russian Armed Forces was ratified on January 24. The agreement, which was signed on March 31, 2017, is based on the treaty between Russia and South Ossetia on alliance and integration of March 18, 2015.