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

Q: Could you please comment on the situation around conditions of the arrival of Julietto Kieza, a famous Italian journalist and political figure, to the Republic of South Ossetia.


A: That’s right. Upon invitation from one of the political parties of the Republic, Mr. Kieza arrived to Tskhinval on January 23, 2017. Unfortunately, he faced certain problems while crossing the state border of the Republic of South Ossetia, as the receiving party had ignored the legal requirements pertaining to the entry procedures for foreign citizens arriving to the Republic of South Ossetia. The problem was solved rather fast, however the hosting party didn’t miss out the opportunity and tried to overblow a political scandal and shuffle off the responsibility for consequences of an incident that became a result of disrespect for the legislation of your own country to the MFA.

Comment of Alan Kochiev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

A regular session of the OSCE Council of Ministers took place in Hamburg on December 8-9, 2016. The session saw a group of states-friends of Georgia circulating a statement containing appeals to Russia to call back recognition of the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia, appeals for “peaceful solution of the conflict” and reorganizing in Georgia “a full-scale OSCE mission”.

Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

November 24, 2016 saw the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia publishing another quarterly report “on the Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Regions of Georgia”, covering this time the period from July to September of the current year.


The document differs slightly form previous “reports” and completely corresponds to Georgian logic of deliberately creating negative images of states neighboring to Georgia – the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia.

Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

Pertaining to “Legendy armii” program (Zvezda TV) dated November 15, 2016 dedicated to Unus-Bek Evkurov, Head of Ingushetia

We consider it necessary that serious attention should be drawn at another attempt of rewriting historical facts related to aggravation of Ossetian-Ingush conflict in autumn 1992 that were made on Russian channel “Zvezda” in program “Legends of army with Alexander Marshal”, dedicated to Mr. Evkurov, Head of the Republic of Ingushetia. Exceptionally insulting for the Ossetian wordings was used in the program. There were obvious history facts travesty and aspiration to shift responsibility for victims, destructions and shattered confidence between neighboring states on Ossetian party.

Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

Pertaining to a statement made by Leonid Kalashnikov, Russian State Duma member

Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

The published information about the meeting of official delegation of the Georgian Patriarchy with James Appathurai, NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, where as Metropolitan Andrew of Gori and Ateni stated, “the difficult situation in Abkhazia and Samachablo” had been discussed, wasn’t left without attention in South Ossetia.

Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

October 13, 2016 saw a meeting of the autumn plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) where in his speech about human rights execution over Europe Frank-Walter-Steinmeier, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and German Foreign Minister, expressed his opinion about South Ossetia and in terms of observing the situation of human rights called the state a “grey zone” and a “black hole”.

Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

Statements on Russia-South Ossetia relations made by Vladimir Zhirinovsky at a press-conference organized in the press center of TASS on September 14 were not left without attention in South Ossetia. In particular he declared that “the position of the LDPR is not to help anybody, any republics, anywhere … Let them develop themselves, not by means of Russia, or let them become a part of Russia or let them return to some other region”.

Comment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

September 8, 2016 saw members of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress adopting by an absolute majority the Resolution (H. Res. 660) which contained not only the mythical and abstract theses about “the territorial integrity” and “occupation of Georgian regions” by Russia but also an appeal to give Georgia “opportunities for defense”.

Comment of Murat Dzhioev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia pertaining to the 7th Anniversary of recognition of South Ossetia’s Independence by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

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September 10, 2009 saw the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela recognizing the independence of the Republic of South Ossetia that became an important political event in political life of our young Republic. Venezuela is the third country that followed the example of Russia and Nicaragua and made such a responsible and significant for us decision despite the difficulties the country was facing at that time. People of South Ossetia will always be thankful to the Venezuelan party for that.