“Guided by the long-term interests of the South Ossetian people and striving to ensure the stability of the socio-political situation in the Republic of South Ossetia, we make a joint statement supporting the decision of the political council under the President of the Republic of South Ossetia on 26 in May 2016 on the advisability of holding a referendum on the issue of the Republic of South Ossetia composition of the Russian Federation in 2017, after the presidential elections in the Republic of South Ossetia ",says a document signed yesterday by the President of the Republic Leonid Tibilov and Chairman of the Parliament Anatoly Bibilov.
The intention to hold a referendum in the republic Tibilov said 11 April. In turn, Vladimir Putin during the straight line (April 14) noted that Russia cannot oppose the will of the South Ossetian people.
“We didn’t discuss with the head of South Ossetia in detail (about joining the Russian Federation), he told me his attitude to this problem, said that the people of South Ossetia want to hold such a referendum, but we cannot, I think, oppose it. Nothing holds us back except the interests of the South Ossetian people themselves. But we do not yet know what will be the basis of this referendum, how the questions will be formulated in the final form, depending on this, we will think further, ”Putin said.
Against the referendum has already made the US State Department.
“Our position on Georgia: we support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, which includes South Ossetia. So we do not recognize any attempt by South Ossetia to separate or declare its sovereignty ",said on the site of the department.