Archive - 25/9/2013

Wed, 25/09/2013 - 22:53

Geopolitical results of the "August war" were discussed at a conference in Moscow

September 23 at the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies was held an international theoretical and practical conference "The geopolitical results of the "August war": lessons and challenges."
The conference was attended by the Moscow experts and guests from Ankara, Baku, Vladikavkaz, Yerevan, Kazan, Lugansk, Rostov-on -Don, Sukhum, Tbilisi, Tskhinval and Tiraspol.
The conference was opened by director of the Institute L. Reshetnikov.
The participants were addressed by the Chairman of the State Committee of Information and Press of South Ossetia Vyacheslav Gobozov and Chief of the Caucasus Research Centre for Studies in the CIS countries at the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies Jana Amelina.
The speakers made the reports on various aspects of global and regional policy relating to the situation in the region five years ago, after the "August war."
Representative of the Black Sea-Caspian Regional Information and Analytical Center Popov has focused on the return of the geopolitical legal personality by Russia in August 2008. Various aspects of the geopolitical situation in the Caucasus, 5 years after the war were the subjects of the reports made by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation Kovalenko , Professor of the North Ossetian State University Dudayti, a political scientist Zhidkov, Chairman of the Eurasian Institute (Tbilisi) Apkhaidze.
Associate Professor of the Finance University under the Government of Russia Vojko highlighted the power factor of the war in 2008, as well as the impact of the 2008 war on the situation in the North Caucasus. It was also proposed to carry out operation to force Georgia to good-neighborliness.
The report of the Head of the Center for Military Forecasting Tsyganok was devoted to the consequences of the 2008 war.
Associate Professor of the South Ossetian State University Tibilov told about the problems and prospects of the Republic of South Ossetia after the recognition.
The reports by the Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Safrastian, Associate Professors at the University of Economics and Technology in Ankara Togrul Ismail and Shaban Kardesh, Chairman of the Center for Policy Analysis of Baku Mamedov, lecturer of the Transdniestrian State University Yastrebchak , employees of the Volga Regional Information and Analytical Center Suleimanov and Ivanov, a member of the Moscow State University of Law Sergeev, General Director of the "Caucasus explorer" have focused on the echo of the "August war" in the region and in the world.

Wed, 25/09/2013 - 22:48

A meeting with representatives of Serbia was held at the South Ossetian State University

Representatives of the Serbian delegation, arrived in Tskhinval to participate in the celebration of the Republic Day, have met with lecturers and students of the South Ossetia State University. The delegation included members of the football team "Dynamic -Trade" - the reigning champion of the Serbian annual indoor soccer tournament, named after Dmitry Popovich, the priest Father Rodevoy, as well as the head of the Charitable Foundation of the Russian - Serbian friendship Roman Ilyushkin.
At the beginning of the meeting Roman Ilyushkin told the South Ossetian students about social, political and cultural life of Serbia, the war imposed on the Serbian people in 1999 by the U.S. and Western countries.
"Within three months, the southern part of the independent Serbia – Kosovo- was being bombed and shelled. Kosovo is the cradle of the Serbian ethnos, here is the first capital of medieval Serbia – Prizran. Now only Albanians live in Kosovo, they expelled all the Serb population, the indigenous Orthodox Serbs "- said Ilyushkin.
He has also noted that South Ossetia and Serbia share common goals and objectives.
"We came here open-hearted; we have played a friendly football match in the name of unity between the Ossetian and the Serbian people. Serbian people are very fond of you; the common pain and sufferings have united South Ossetian and Serbian peoples", - he added.
South Ossetian students were addressed by Father Rodevoy, who noted the importance of establishing friendly relations between the youth of South Ossetia and Serbia.
"You are the future and the hope of the people of South Ossetia. We must strengthen our unity, development of friendly contacts at the level of universities, colleges, schools, at the level of the Orthodox Church," - he stressed.
The guests presented gifts to the South Ossetian University.
In turn, pro-rector of the South Ossetian State University Natalie Gassieva thanked the guests for the desire to establish friendly relations with the youth of South Ossetia.

Wed, 25/09/2013 - 20:26

Vyacheslav Gobozov: August 2008 predetermined the decline of the unipolar world

The Chairman of the State Committee of Information and Press of South Ossetia Vyacheslav Gobozov made a report at the international theoretical and practical conference "The geopolitical results of the "August War": Lessons and Challenges ", organized by the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies.
He gave the forum participants words of welcome and fruitful work from the President of the Republic of South Ossetia, Leonid Tibilov.
"The head of the South Ossetian government highly appreciates the fact of holding this conference, as well as other similar activities, to comprehend and analyze the current geopolitical trends in general, the problems of such a significant region as the Caucasus, in particular, and what is especially important to us, the processes underway in the Republic of South Ossetia and around it,"- said Gobozov.
He has reminded that a month ago in Tskhinval was held the international conference "The August aggression of Georgia and the recognition of the state independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by the Russian Federation, geopolitical consequences, lessons and conclusions," timed to the fifth anniversary of the August events.
"Some of our colleagues took part in that event - continued Gobozov. - Today we can continue our conversation, the main purpose of which is to comprehend the results of the events taken place five years ago, to analyze the current stage of relations between Russia, Georgia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as the influence of other geopolitical players on these processes."
The head of the information agency of South Ossetia has noted that there was reached a preliminary agreement with the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies that the reports of both conferences will be published as a single collection, which apparently is naturally enough and logical.
Vyacheslav Gobozov has noted several aspects of the geopolitical results of the August Georgia's aggression against South Ossetia and the subsequent operation to force the aggressor to peace, as well as the recognition of the state independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by Russia. He has stressed that "August 2008 became a certain kind of Rubicon, after which it has finally become clear that the decline of the unipolar world has not occurred yet, but, in any case, it is not far off."
The past five years have clearly demonstrated that "the decisions and actions taken by the then leadership of Russia, were the only right and non-alternative."
However, even today there are people who try to question the legality of Russian interference in those events. In this regard, the head of the information agency of the RSO has emphasized that Russia initially had the right, as a well as the obligation to actively participate in these processes.
"As a legal successor of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, Russia could not help feeling a certain historical and legal responsibility for the division of Ossetia, since Ossetia had become part of the Russian Empire as a single state, and was divided into the North and South only later by efforts of the imperial administration and the Bolshevik leaders. As a responsible country, Russia could not keep itself aloof from the events taking place in South Ossetia ", - said Gobozov.
Besides Russia's recognition of the independence of South Ossetia fully complies with international law, as "the formation and legal registration of the Republic of South Ossetia happened before the international recognition of the current state of Georgia, before it`s joining the UN and the entry of Georgia into the CIS".
Gobozov has also stressed that the recognition of South Ossetia was "the only true and vital decision in terms of historical perspective, "since the "divorce" between Georgia and South Ossetia was historically inevitable.
"The Georgian- South Ossetian "hostel," as vividly evidenced by centuries of experience, was possible only under the totalitarian system, resorting to repressions, of course, against South Ossetia. In any other situation so unnatural alliance would have not future" - said the head of the South Ossetian news agency.
Referring to the illusions generated in certain circles by coming to power in Georgia of the
"Georgian Dream" and the so-called Russian- Georgian "thaw," Gobozov said: "The leaders of the "Georgian Dream," as well as the previous rulers of this country, need the improvement of relations with Russia in order to help them to return South Ossetia and Abkhazia into Georgia. And this is a very dangerous illusion, because the entry of South Ossetia into Georgia is impossible. The independence policy of South Ossetia, development of its statehood, and full integration with Russia – it is non-alternative. This course will never change and does not depend on the forces in power in Georgia or as a result of persuasion of friends and threats of enemies, or due to any external pressure. "
The Chairman of the State Committee of Information and Press of South Ossetia has focused on the terminology used in describing the events of August 2008. According to him, even Russian political scientists and journalists often make such definitions as the " five-days war", " the Russian- Georgian war," etc.
"It is not as harmless as it may seem , because it is directed to represent Russia as an aggressor, which annexed part of the territory of another state," - said Gobozov .

"There was not the "five-day," the "August," the "Russian-Georgian" war," etc. There was 18 -year-old Georgian aggression against South Ossetia, the culmination of which became the "Clean field" and the Russian operation to force the aggressor to peace. So I would encourage all those involved in this issue, to take into consideration this and other not so harmless terminological nuances, "- said Gobozov.
He has added that the past five years were not easy for South Ossetia. The way of building the independent state was not without omissions and errors. Many problems are facing the young state today. Most of these problems, according to Gobozov, are well known, the wide discussion of the ways of solving them is even outside South Ossetia. "We `d like to involve in the discussion of the processes taking place in South Ossetia more competent, unbiased scholars , political scientists and public figures. "
According to Gobozov, in the process of creating an objective, positive image of the Republic of South Ossetia "much greater significance will have not the propaganda publications, but materials, speeches and writings, which contain the competent, objective analysis of the hard, contradictory process of state-building, which is currently underway in the Republic of South Ossetia."
"We are firmly convinced that building the independent, viable and democratic state is a grand historical task, and people of the Republic of South Ossetia Ossetian will cope with this task, which is gradually becoming the Ossetian national idea. And we are grateful to everyone who is with us ", - said Vyacheslav Gobozov.
Concluding his speech, the Chairman of the State Committee of Information and Press of South Ossetia wished the conference fruitful work and assured them that he was going to actively participate "in our today's conference, as well as in other similar forums in the future."