Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev attending CIS summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev are attending the summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Tajikistan’s capital of Dushanbe.
The heads of delegations are expected to sign a number of documents, and also to approve passing the CIS chairmanship to Turkmenistan in 2019.
According to the CIS Executive Committee, at the meeting of the Council of the Heads of State, the sides plan to exchange views on cooperation in the framework of the Commonwealth, and also discuss issues regarding the chairmanship in the organization, the date and venue of holding another Council’s meeting.
At the meeting with delegation members, the sides plan to focus on political cooperation, further development of cooperation in cultural and humanitarian areas, in ensuring security and also a number of projects aimed improving the activity and legal basis of the CIS.
Special attention will be paid to preparations for celebrations in 2020 to mark 75 years since the Soviet defeat of Hitler’s forces in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
The heads of state also plan to discuss an intergovernmental program on joint steps to combat crime in 2019-2023. The five-year program stipulates cooperation in countering drugs smuggling, human trafficking and illegal migration, and also crimes in information technologies.