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Dmitry Medvedev says no plans to make South Ossetia part of Russia (UPDATE)

Other News Materials 4 August 2011 20:50 (UTC +04:00)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday he saw no legal or factual basis for the South Ossetia to become a part of Russia, RIA Novosti reported.
Dmitry Medvedev says no plans to make South Ossetia part of Russia (UPDATE)

Additional information added (first version posted at 20:50)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday he saw no legal or factual basis for the South Ossetia to become a part of Russia, RIA Novosti reported

"There is no legal or factual basis at the moment. That's why I signed decrees to recognize [its] independence," Medvedev said in an interview with Russian and Georgian media.

According to the president, it is impossible to anticipate what will happen in the future. "Currently, no legal or factual assumptions existed. And this was bound my decrees recognizing the independence" - the president said, answering the question whether the union of North and South Ossetia and the entry of South Ossetia into Russia.

The head of North Ossetia, Teimuraz Mamsurov August 2, said that the people of South Ossetia, a positive answer to the question of entering the republic to Russia, if such a referendum will be conducted.

According to him, the residents of South Ossetia have repeatedly called themselves Russians and said they wanted to join Russia. He stressed that South Ossetia - an independent state and its people can only make a decision about his future.

Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that it was up to the Ossetian people to decide whether South Ossetia should become part of Russia.

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