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Kremlin silent on postponement of referendum on South Ossetia’s accession to Russia

May 27, 12:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW
South Ossetia on May 26 announced its decision to postpone till 2017 a referendum on whether the republic should apply for accession to Russia
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Dmitry Peskov

Dmitry Peskov

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MOSCOW, May 27. /TASS/. The Kremlin does not comment on postponement of the referendum on South Ossetia’s accession to Russia to 2017.

"I will not comment on this issue, this is not our matter," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.

Answering a question on whether the decision to postpone the referendum just coincided with the G7 summit, Peskov said that "this question should probably be addressed not to us."

The leadership of South Ossetia has made a decision to postpone till 2017 a referendum on whether the republic should apply for accession to Russia, as follows from a joint statement by President Leonid Tibilov and parliamentary speaker Anatoly Bibilov, made after a meeting of the Political Council under the head of state on May 26.

"Guided by the long-term interests of the South Ossetian people and striving for the stability of the socio-political situation in the republic we support the Political Council in its decision to the effect it will be expedient to call a referendum on South Ossetia’s application for joining the Russian Federation in 2017, after the presidential election," the statement runs.

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