The fifth congress of the Ossetian nation involving about 300 delegates from all republican districts, as well as more than 150 representatives of Ossetian diasporas in Russian regions and in other countries of the world, is to open in Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia, today, October 25.
Congress delegates are to focus on the development of national culture and traditions, as well as the Ossetian language, also attaching priority to the subsequent normalization of Ossetian-Georgian and Ossetian-Ingush relations, as well as the North Caucasian public-political situation. The consolidation of official authorities and the people in attaining socio-economic tasks will be discussed, as well.
The congress would be expected to pass an appeal to southern Russian nations, suggesting that the congress of North Caucasian nations be held before the year is out.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
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