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TSKHINVAL, October 20 (Itar-Tass) ——The South Ossetian parliament ratified the agreement on military cooperation with Russia.
The agreement aims to strength military security and confidence-building measures and calls for concerted actions to ensure security and control airspace, joint training of military-scientific and scientific-pedagogical specialists, as well as interaction in the field of military communications and military reconnaissance.
The agreement was signed on December 15, 2009.
Speaking at a session of the parliament on Wednesday, October 19, South Ossetian Defence Minister Valery Yakhnovets said, “Under this agreement, three servicemen of the South Ossetian Armed Services are training in military academies, and 18 cadets are studying at higher educational institutions in Russia.”
The minister also said that the 4th Russian military base and the South Ossetian Armed Forces had conducted a joint military exercise.
The main provision in the agreement allows Russia to build, use and improve military infrastructure and military bases in South Ossetia, and to create joint groups of troops both in peacetime and wartime.
The agreement was signed for 49 years with automatic extension for five years.