MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. Treaty documents formalizing alliance and integration between Russia and the South Ossetia region of the Caucasus will be signed by the leaders of the two states next Wednesday, the Kremlin press service said on Friday.
"There are plans to sign a treaty on alliance and integration between the Russian Federation and the republic of South Ossetia," the Kremlin said, adding that during the meeting in Moscow, the two leaders were also expected to discuss "a wide range of bilateral issues and cooperation in ensuring stability and security in the Caucasus region".
Gana Yanovskaya, spokeswoman for the South Ossetian president, on Friday confirmed that: "On March 18, South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Moscow where they are planning to sign a treaty on alliance and integration between the two countries."
The 25-year treaty was agreed with the South Ossetian authorities and approved by the Russian government. Last week, President Vladimir Putin ordered to sign the documents.
The treaty governs staged promotion "of social, economic, humanitarian, foreign affairs, defense and security cooperation between Russia and South Ossetia and preservation of the latter’s state sovereignty".
Signatories will confirm separate agreements setting up a "joint defence and security space and on suppression of organized crime" in a long-term accord providing for 10-year prolongation.