The Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia will hold a referendum on joining the Russian within 2017 according to a statement on Thursday, AFP reports.

Mimicking the Crimean precedent in Ukraine two years ago, the self-pronounced President Leonid Tibilov reiterated the threat of an annexation referendum. For the first time, the intention of acceding to the Russian Federation was announced in October 2015, the difference now being that Tibilov announced that the move towards the referendum...

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