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South Ossetia is preparing a referendum on joining Russia

South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov said that it plans to hold a referendum, providing for the annexation to the Russian Federation, as well as renaming the self-proclaimed Republic.

Leonid Tibilov said that consultations with the Russian side of the referendum continues, reports Recall, after the war with Georgia in 2008, Moscow recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

According to Tibilov, a referendum should decide on the inclusion in the Constitution changes allowing the President of South Ossetia to appeal to Russia with request for adoption of the Republic in the Federation. Moscow is not obliged to give an immediate answer, he said.

The leader of South Ossetia said that the difficult international situation urges to implement «long-held dream of reuniting with the great Russia» and to restore the unity of the Ossetian people.

The invitation of Leonid Tibilov provides for the renaming of the Republic of South Ossetia — Alania.

In addition, South Ossetia wants to include some units of its armed forces into the Russian army.

South Ossetia is preparing a referendum on joining Russia 20.02.2016

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