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A second round between Nykhas Party head Alan Gagloyev and President Anatoly Bibilov is expected to be held in two weeks.
At a summit in Brussels, the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan also agreed to ‘work on the preparation of a future peace treaty’.
According to Ukraine, the smuggling routes were being established to import military, dual-purpose, and civilian goods that have been subject to Western export controls in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The statement from President Anatoly Bibilov came as he fights for re-election and as South Ossetian soldiers in Russia’s military attack Ukraine.
The Central Election Commission refused to register former Defence Minister Ibragim Gassyeyev and MP David Sanakoyev.
President Volodymyr Zelensky criticised Georgia for blocking a charter flight scheduled to bring Georgian volunteer fighters to Ukraine.
Russia’s invasion is a resurgence of an ideology that should have been left in the dustbin of history; for the Caucasus, this is a profound threat.