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14.07.2017 (00:01)

On 14 July, it’s turned 25 years since the first Russian peacekeeping operation launched in the zone of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict

This day in 1992, on the basis of the Agreement on the Basic Principles for Settlement of the Georgian-Ossetian Conflict, signed by the heads of Russia, Georgia, North and South Ossetia, Russian peacekeepers joined in the countering zone the Mixed Peacekeeping Forces, which also included, on a parity basis, the two national battalions, which represented the Ossetian and Georgian sides.

The successful experience of the peacekeeping operation, led by the current Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, was subsequently used in settling other conflicts.

As for its effectiveness, that operation is considered to be one of the most successful peacekeeping missions in the world. As a result of it tens of thousands of families returned to peaceful life.

Russian peacekeepers stopped the bloodshed, preventing the development of a humanitarian catastrophe and the death of civilians.

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