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Russia to send observers to monitor South Ossetian parliamentary elections

Moscow will send observers to monitor the upcoming parliamentary election in South Ossetia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with South Ossetian President Anatoly Bibilov.

“I know that you a parliamentary election is going to take place in June. I am confident that you will do everything to make sure they are held in strict accordance with the law and on a democratic basis. On our part, we will send observers to monitor the South Ossetian parliamentary election,” he said.

Putin stressed that there was no need to discuss relations between Russia and South Ossetia. “I think we are strategic partners in the true sense of the word,” he noted. “We will make every possible effort to ensure the republic’s social and economic development and security,” Putin said.

The Russian president also pointed out that Moscow remains South Ossetia’s leading trade and economic partner that had a number of investment and other programs aimed at providing support to the republic. “I welcome the opportunity to discuss it all with you today,” he said, addressing Bibilov.

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