Congratulations to the people of the Republic of South Ossetia on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic:
Dear Anatoly Ilyich, dear Ossetian brothers!
On behalf of the people of Abkhazia, I heartily congratulate you on the significant date – the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of South Ossetia.
The decision which was reached by the Deputies’ Council of the South Ossetian autonomous region on September 20, 1990, on the establishment of the Republic of South Ossetia became a historic event that expressed the will of the Ossetian people. This day became the start of the establishment of the modern independent state. Our nations traveled this difficult road with dignity, supporting each other, without leaving for a moment the ideals of freedom and independence. At the start of the 1990s, Abkhazia and South Ossetia had to defend against the Georgian aggressor their right to live with arms in their hands. In 2008, Georgia tried to take revenge, yet the bravery of the Ossetian fighters that stood to defend their Homeland, and the timely help of Russia contributed to the protection of independence and freedom.
The recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by the Russian Federation became a turning point in the modern history of our states. We have an opportunity to develop and look into the future with confidence. On this festive day, I would like to send sincere words of congratulation to all people of South Ossetia. I wish peace, well-being, and prosperity to the brotherly state.
President of the Republic of Abkhazia