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South Ossetia Region Considers Vote to Join Russia

The breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia said it plans a Crimean-style referendum on joining Russia, drawing a furious riposte from Tbilisi over a move that risks inflaming the Kremlin's already frayed relations with the West. Leonid Tibilov, president of the self-declared republic of South Ossetia, said he had laid out the plans during a meeting Monday with Vladislav Surkov, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest advisers. "Today's political reality...

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