CIS jubilee summit kiсks off
Today, 8 of the 11 CIS leaders met in Dushanbe, Tajikistan's capital, to discuss further development of the post-Soviet association and urgent international problems, RIA Novosti reports.
The summit is being chaired by Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon. The presidents of Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Turkmenistan, Moldova and Tajikistan arrived at the summit. However, their Azerbaijani, Belarusian and Uzbekistani counterparts declined to participate in the Dushanbe summit.
The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will celebrate its 20th anniversary in December.
The CIS is a loose association of former Soviet republics. It consists of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Ukraine has not ratified the CIS Charter but participates in its activities.