South Ossetia temporarily closed the border with Georgia

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Halekauwila Ossetia. Archival photoSouth Ossetia temporarily closed the border with Georgia© RIA Novosti / Alexandr Khrolenko

South Ossetia for two days closed the border with Georgia, said on Friday the press-service of the President of the Republic.

On Saturday, South Ossetia will celebrate the ninth anniversary of Russia’s recognition of the sovereignty of the Republic. In Tskhinvali and areas to hold festive events.

«The Chairman of the KGB of South Ossetia Mikhail Shabanov with his hand (at the meeting with the President — ed.) spoke about the closure of points of simplified crossing of the state border with Georgia from now until the morning of the 27th of August», — quotes the press service of the Agency Sputnik of South Ossetia.

Georgia on the night of 8 August 2008 fired from rocket launchers «Grad» South Ossetia, Georgian forces attacked the Republic and destroyed part of its capital Tskhinvali. Russia, protecting inhabitants of South Ossetia, many of whom took Russian citizenship, sent troops into the Republic and after five days of fighting ousted Georgian troops from the region.

Moscow August 26, 2008 recognized the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that this decision is not subject to revision.