South Ossetia

2972439 11/11/2016 Servicemen of the Nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) defense troops of the Russian Army during special tactical exercises in Ingushetia on emergency response to chemical and biological incidents. Said Tsarnaev/Sputnik via AP

Russia Integrates Georgian Breakaway Region’s Militia into Russian Forces

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the approval of an agreement that will effectively integrate the armed forces of Georgia’s South Ossetia region with the Russian military. Georgia condemned the move, which has been criticized as a plan to consume the entire province.

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Putin Signs ‘Effective Annexation’ Treaty Claiming Georgia’s South Ossetia

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with South Ossetia, a breakaway region of Georgia, that allows Russia to fully control the region. The pact with South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov, a former KGB agent, came on the one-year anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.