Moscow essentially annexes South Ossetia one year after taking Crimea

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By Miles Yu,

Seven years after Russia instigated and conducted a separatist war that was ostensibly for the independence of South Ossetia, Moscow has just virtually annexed the former Georgia territory.

Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Menyailo, Alexei ChalyiA comprehensive new agreement with South Ossetia gives Russia the exclusive right to defend South Ossetia which has been recognized by only three countries in the world: Russia, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

The agreement also stipulates that Russia and South Ossetia will endeavor to speed up eventual integration.

In addition, South Ossetia’s military and security organizations will be merged with corresponding Russian organizations.

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