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South Ossetian Leader In Russia To Discuss Reconstruction

Eduard Kokoity (file photo)
Eduard Kokoity (file photo)
MOSCOW -- The leader of the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia was in Moscow to discuss Russian assistance on reconstruction and infrastructure projects, RFE/RL's Echo of the Caucasus reports.

Eduard Kokoity, the president of the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia, held talks with Regional Development Minister Viktor Basargin in Moscow on May 4.

The two sides discussed Russian assistance on several construction projects in South Ossetia, the South Ossetian news agency RES reported.

It said that among other things, specific talks were held about repairs on some important roads and the renovation of some private and municipal buildings in the capital, Tskhinvali.

Kokoity noted the importance of Russian financial resources in rebuilding facilities in South Ossetia that were damaged or destroyed during the August 2008 Russian-Georgian war.

Russia has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to help develop South Ossetia, which has an estimated total population of 60,000 people.

Moscow and three other countries have recognized South Ossetia's independence from Georgia.