Foreign relations of South Ossetia

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The Republic of South Ossetia is a self-proclaimed state which is recognized by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Transnistria. South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia in 1991, but did not receive recognition from any UN member states until after the 2008 South Ossetia war.

Relations with independent states[edit]

Foreign relations of South Ossetia
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South Ossetia – Abkhazia relations[edit]

Abkhazia and South Ossetia recognized each other's independence on 19 September 2005 or before.[note 1]

South Ossetia – Nauru relations[edit]

In December 2009, Nauru recognized the independence of South Ossetia. Nauru's foreign minister, Kieren Keke, visited Tskhinvali.[1][2]

South Ossetia – Nicaragua relations[edit]

On September 5, 2008, Nicaragua became the second UN member state to recognize South Ossetia.

South Ossetia – Russia relations[edit]

On August 26, 2008, Russia became the first UN member state to recognize South Ossetia. Russia plans on building an embassy in Tskhinval.[3]

South Ossetia – Venezuela relations[edit]

On September 10, 2009, Venezuela became the third UN member state to recognize South Ossetia.

Relations with other self-declared independent states[edit]

The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus welcomed Russian recognition of South Ossetia. The militant Palestinian organization Hamas also welcomed the recognition of both Abkhazia and South Ossetia.[4][5][6]

Diplomatic missions[edit]

Offices in South Ossetia[edit]

Ossetian missions[edit]

Membership in international organizations[edit]

South Ossetia does not belong to any international organizations as of March 2009 besides the Community for Democracy and Human Rights.

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  1. ^ The date, when Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Transnistria recognize each other is not clear. Abkhazia and Transnistria signed a Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation on 22 January 1993, South Ossetia and Transnistria a Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation on 12 October 1994 and Abkhazia and South Ossetia a Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation on 19 September 2005.


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