Republic of South Ossetia is located оn the southern slopes of the Main Caucasus Range in the area of 3900 square meters. Тhe capital is the city of Tskhinval.
One-tenth of the surface occupied by the Republic of the foothills.
The rest of the territory - the mountainous terrain height from 850 to 3938 meters above sea level.
The highest point - Mount Halatsa (3938 m).

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South Ossetian Foreign Minister Dmitriy Medoev’s Comment to Netgazeti

Following a request from Georgian online edition Netgazeti, Dmitrii Medoev, the South Ossetian Foreign Minister commented the statement of Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, addressed to “the highest authorities of Russia”.

Medoev on the danger of linking Tatunashvili's theme with the continuation of the Geneva discussions

President of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov, during a meeting with the co-chairs of the Geneva discussions, confirmed the firm position of the Republic aimed at a peaceful and civilized solution of all existing issues, said Foreign Minister of the RSO Dmitry Medoev in a comment to the news agency “Res”.

Dmitrii Medoev: South Ossetia is interested in holding the election of the Russian President at a high level

The South Ossetian Foreign Minister Dmitrii Medoev, heading the executive group on ensuring the holding of the presidential elections in the territory of the Republic of South Ossetia, gave an interview to Res IA where told about the work conducted and the importance of this political event for the Republic.

Dmitry Medoev: The dialogue between the leaders of Russia and South Ossetia become an indicator of the achieved level of relations

15.11.2017 A meeting of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the President of the Republic of South Ossetia Anatolii Bibilov, who arrived in Moscow on an official visit upon the invitation from Russian leader, took place in Novo-Ogarevo presidential residence yesterday. According to experts, the meeting can be called a successful one.

Our edition contacted Dmitrii Medoev, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia, a participant of the negotiation, and he agreed to give us a brief interview.

South Ossetian Foreign Minister Dmitriy Medoev’s Interview to RIA Novosti


The South Ossetian Foreign Minister stated about the necessity to extend international contacts 21:30 17.10.2017

Foreign Minister Dmitriy Medoev’s Answers to Questions from TASS

Q: - The Catalan referendum for secession from Spain was held on October 1, 2017. What can you say about this event?

A: - Today the Catalan citizens like we in South Ossetia in early 1990-s have been defending and fighting for the fundamental and the most often declared European value – the right of the people for self-determination. Despite the police riots, it is obvious that the Catalans have honorably asserted their right to independence! The aggressive response of Spanish authorities to the referendum once again has shown to the world that not the rule of fundamental principles of international law, but double standards and barefaced hypocrisy has become the practice in the West. Having recognized the independence of Kosovo by rejection of a part of the Serbian territory, the so-called guardians of democracy have strongly opposed self-determination of the people of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. And when the people of South Ossetia were exposed to ethnic cleansings by Georgia when they had been asserting the right to independence, nobody in the West condemned the actions of Georgia.

South Ossetian Foreign Minister Dmitriy Medoev’s Interview to South Ossetia Newspaper

- Nine years ago diplomatic relations were established between the Republic of South Ossetia and the Russian Federation. What are, in your opinion, the results of the development of South Ossetian-Russian relations over this time? What is their significance not only in framework of intergovernmental format, but in view of strengthening stability and security in the South Caucasus?

- I remember those days very well. Everything was happening in the Reception House of the Russian Foreign Ministry at 17, Spiridonovka Street. Murat Dzhioev, the Minister, arrived in Moscow with a note, where it was written that “on behalf of the Republic of South Ossetia the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia has the honor to offer establishing diplomatic relations at level of Embassies”. The answering note by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, which was announced by Minister Lavrov, contained the consent of the Russian Federation to establish diplomatic relations. Then, at the same place, in solemn surroundings the exchange of notes took place, which constituted the agreement on establishment of diplomatic relations.

South Ossetian Foreign Minister Dmitriy Medoev’s Interview to Netgazeti

- Mr. Medoev, 9 years have passed since the recognition of the independence of South Ossetia by Russia. What has been done for the international recognition of South Ossetia throughout these years? What are your plans for the nearest future?

- Indeed, August 26, 2017 saw celebration of another anniversary of the recognition of the Republic of South Ossetia by the Russian Federation. This day is very important for us. After those August days Georgia has ceased its any attempts to force us to obey Tbilisi’s will. The peace has come, and it is the main success of all that campaign. Saakashvili's regime put an end to the peaceful process on August 8, 2008. And since this date the internationally accepted term “Georgian-Ossetian conflict” has ceased to exist, as well as the associated term “settlement".

Answer of Dmitriy Medoev, South Ossetia Foreign Minister, to the question of South Ossetia Today International Information Agency

Вопрос: August 18 saw Ian Kelly, the US Ambassador to Georgia, visiting Ergneti, a Georgian village adjacent to the border with the Republic of South Ossetia, where he claimed that “occupation will not last, that barbed wire will not stand”. How can you comment on that?

Ответ: The statements of the US Ambassador made about the state border of the Republic of South Ossetia looks like the last desperate attempt of Georgian mentors to bring hope for restoration of the mythical territorial integrity of Georgia. However, that traditional performance resembled all previous prearranged actions, organized near the state border, but with one difference – this time services of the elderly grandfather were not necessary for the organizers.

South Ossetian Foreign Minister Dmitriy Medoev’s Interview to Sputnik-South Ossetia IA

— Mr. Medoev, did you expect your appointment as the Minister of Foreign Affairs or in other words, was there any agreement between you and the President during the presidential campaign?

— I had no agreements either with the President or with anyone from his team. I purposefully participated in the election campaign as a member of a presidential candidate’s team. Positions and career were the least of my concerns – one had to be result-orientated and thus we gained a fair and merited success. It was a natural decision for me, as there is no secret that yet in 2011 I supported this candidate and even today I believe that unless the famous events disrupt the electors’ choice, it would have been Anatoliy Bibilolov, who would have become the President. Neither before, nor later have I changed my political orientation. I have always considered upholding national interests as the main thing in my work.