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).

Ответы Министра иностранных дел РЮО

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.

Responces of Dmitriy Medoev, South Ossetian Foreign Minister, to questions of South Ossetia Today International Information Agency

- Could you, please, be more precise about official and working visits of the President? What is their purpose, and what agreements have been concluded?

- The primary role in foreign policy implementation is played by the President. As earlier, further development and strengthening of the strategic partnership with the Russian Federation is the top priority of our foreign policy.

South Ossetian Foreign Minister Dmitriy Medoev’s Answer to Media

Q: Today Presidents of Georgia and Ukraine have visited the state border of the Republic of South Ossetia with Georgia. What are your comments on this fact?

A: It recently has become a bad tradition for Georgian authorities to organize provocative ceremonial excursions to the state border between South Ossetia and Georgia for their guests. Poroshenko was no exception and was shown a great honor – he participated in another border theatrics, claiming that he had arrived to testify “the territorial integrity” of Georgia.

Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia to South Ossetia International Information Agency

Q: A propaganda campaign connected with the work on the designation of the line of the state border between the Republic of South Ossetia and Georgia has been launched in Georgia. As they say in Tbilisi, this line was moved deeper into the territory of the neighboring state, and residents of the areas of Georgia bordering with South Ossetia lost their agriculturally used land. How would you comment on this?

A: This campaign is just another blatant provocation, fabricated without rhyme or reason. Similar hysterics of the official Tbilisi, normally arranged to some events, in this case to the next meeting in the Karasin-Abashidze format, have already become traditional and surprise particularly nobody. It should be noted that such actions were resorted to in Tbilisi too often.

Answer of Murat Dzhioev, South Ossetia Foreign Minister, to TASS IA question


What is the agenda of the coming round of the Geneva International Discussions scheduled for December 13-14?

The next week we’ll have a meeting with the Co-Chairs of the Discussions, that is regularly organized in anticipation of meetings in Geneva.

Recently I had a telephone conversation with Daur Kove, Abkhazian Foreign Minister, and we were discussing our joint strategy at the GID, especially the issue of non-use of force. We’ll do our best to push other participants to work harder on this document. Another issue that we discussed was the issue of human rights execution. The fact is that Georgian authorities do the utmost to deprive citizens of South Ossetia and Abkhazia of the opportunity to go abroad, to make obstacles to receive visas or participate in cultural events.

Answer of Murat Dzhioev, South Ossetia Foreign Minister, to Res IA question


- South Ossetia recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in June 2014. After Presidential Decrees on recognition of the Republics were signed, the MFA of the RSO received instructions from President Tibilov to establish diplomatic relations with them. What can you say about the positive results of the Ministry’s work in this direction?

- According to the Constitution of the Republic of South Ossetia, the foreign policy of the state is defined by the President. As for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is an executive government agency that implements the agreed foreign policy of the state.

Comment of Kazbulat Tskhovrebov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia, to South Ossetia International Information Agency

Terroristic attacks becoming usual around the world show that no one is protected against international terrorism. Terrorism has no borders and threatens the whole world. There is no secret that special agencies themselves can be involved in organizing terrorist acts. 22 terroristic acts were organized by Georgian special agencies on territory of the Republic of South Ossetia from 2005 till 2008. They resulted in 16 victims and 34 injured who received wounds of varying severity and even became invalids.

Comment of Kazbulat Tskhovrebov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia, to South Ossetia International Information Agency

On terrorist attacks in Belgium

Kazbulat Tskhovrebov, South Ossetia Foreign Minister, stated about absolute condemnation of terrorist attacks that hit Belgian capital and resulted in large number of victims and injured. “We offer our deepest condolences to the government and families of the victims. People of South Ossetia experienced firsthand terrorist acts and therefore call the international community to be united against this evil”.

March 22, 2016, Tskhinval