The President of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, declares that the partially recognised state will undertake "legal steps" in the near future for accession to become part of Russia.
The International Paralympic Committee bans Russia and Belarus from competing in the upcoming Winter Paralympics in Beijing after initially announcing they would compete despite the invasion of Ukraine, taking part as "neutral countries".
Former Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are taken to a hospital in critical condition after being exposed to an unknown substance in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. Skripal was granted refugee status in the UK following a "spy swap" deal between the UK and Russia in 2010.
The President of the Georgian breakaway state of South Ossetia Leonid Tibilov announces his plan to hold a referendum on whether to become part of Russia or to keep its "de facto" independence before August of this year. This comes after South Ossetia signed various agreements further integrating the region with Russia.
South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov announces South Ossetia intends on holding a referendum on joining the Russian Federation. Tibilov said reuniting with Russia "is a century-long dream of the South Ossetian people".
In talks held regarding the course of the Syrian Civil War, Russia and Saudi Arabia fail to reach agreement over cooperation in the fight against ISIL, with the Saudi representative refusing any common struggle with Assad's regime.
Georgia accuses Russia of violating its sovereignty by placing border markers on the edge of the South Ossetia region, leaving part of an international oil pipeline in territory under Russian control. The area was the site of the Russo-Georgian war in 2008.
Russia delays the return of three astronauts from the International Space Station due to a recent failure of a supply mission. [http:--www.france24.com-en-20150512-russia-delays-return-iss-crew-members-after-supply-ship-failure?ns_campaign=reseaux_sociaux&ns_source=twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_linkname=editorial&aef_campaign_ref=partage_aef&aef_campaign_date=2015-05-12&dlvrit=66745 (AFP bia France 24)]date=August 2019