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LAKE SELIGER, Tver region, August 1 (Itar-Tass) —— The question of South Ossetia’s accession to Russia will depend on the decision of the South Ossetian people, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.
“You know the position of Russia. When the Georgian leadership started an armed operation, it [the Russian leadership] supported South Ossetia,” Putin said at a meeting with the participants in the Seliger-2011 youth forum on Monday, August 1.
When asked whether South Ossetia can join Russia, Putin said, “The future will depend on the South Ossetian people itself”.