Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during a meeting with Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia Dmitry Medoyev, Moscow, January 25, 2021
We are delighted to again welcome the head of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of South Ossetia to Moscow. It is a good opportunity to continue discussing both bilateral relations and the international agenda. A plan for inter-ministerial consultations for 2021-2022 will also be signed, aimed at the further strengthening of joint coordination.
Our peoples are linked by centuries-old brotherly ties. Today, Russia and South Ossetia are building their interstate relations on the basis of alliance and integration. An intensive political dialogue is also underway. Last year, the presidents of our countries met twice – they had talks on March 13 and met during the celebrations marking the anniversary of the Great Victory on June 24.
We have close and rich contacts between our foreign ministries and other agencies. The legal framework regulating relations is being strengthened and already includes more than 100 documents that help to build systematic work based on specific plans and deadlines.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we have been cooperating in this area as well. Russia provides South Ossetia with the necessary assistance including consultation, practical action and material supply. A military mobile detachment from Russia played an important role in stabilising the sanitary and epidemiological situation in South Ossetia by deploying a multidisciplinary hospital and dispatching radiation, chemical and biological defence personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and civilian specialists from our country.
Our bilateral trade is growing even despite the pandemic. According to statistics from the Federal Customs Service of Russia, in the first three quarters of 2020, it grew by almost 20 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
Bilateral cultural and humanitarian ties are also expanding. I am confident that today's meeting will contribute to the advancement of relations in all the areas that are of interest to the citizens of Russia and South Ossetia. People-to-people contacts are a very important component of our work.