15 Dec 2017 20:28

Russian army protecting S. Ossetia's borders, safety - Republic's general staff chief

TSKHINVAL. Dec 15 (Interfax-AVN) - The law-enforcement and military entities of South Ossetia are ready for a joint response to terror threats and destabilization attempts, Col. Viktor Fyodorov, chief of the General Staff of the South Ossetian Armed Forces, told a press conference in Tskhinval on Friday.

"Our Army is capable of accomplishing whatever task is vested by the Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces or dictated by the situation in a theater of war," Fyodorov said.

The level of terror alert in South Ossetia isn't high, he said.

"The Russian army has fully taken upon itself the obligation to protect our borders and our republic's safety," Fyodorov said.

South Ossetia takes into consideration the Russian army's combat experience in Syria, in military training planning, he said.

"Joint training with the fourth military base is continual, i.e. joint activities are being drilled in all matters relevant today, and even those that we had not touched upon before. We are transitioning to a more qualitative level of training reflecting that experience," Fyodorov said.

"Once our agreement with Russia comes into force, our Armed Forces will be supplied with many brand new models of weapon and equipment, bringing our logistics to a higher level. This can be expected as early as 2018," Fyodorov said

Speaking of a bio lab in Georgia, and the potential threat from using biological and chemical weapons, Fyodorov said that the situation around this issue was being closely monitored.

South Ossetia has also set up a special emergency response commission consisting of representatives from all law-enforcement agencies, the press conference was told.