Military men from South Ossetia will be able to serve in the Russian army on a contractual basis. The agreement on the order of inclusion of separate units of the South Ossetian army into the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation was ratified on January 31 by the Federation Council.
The agreement was signed on March 31, 2017 on the basis of an agreement between Russia and the Republic of South Ossetia on union and integration of March 18, 2015.
When signing a contract for military service in the Armed Forces of Russia, a citizen of South Ossetia must be dismissed from military service in separatist units. Further military service by these citizens is carried out in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.
South Ossetia proclaimed independence in 1992 during an armed conflict with Georgia. In August 2008, after the Russian-Georgian war, Moscow recognized the independence of South Ossetia. Also, the independence of the republic was recognized by Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru and Tuvalu. Georgia considers South Ossetia and Abkhazia the regions occupied by Russia.