Maxim 7 CIS Prezidents will attend Chisinau summit

The CIS Council of the heads of state is going to consider nearly 20 documents pertaining to cooperation between the member states.

The CIS Summit will be held in the Moldovan capital next Friday in the absence of the Presidents of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

According to the press service of the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, no official confirmation of coming to Chisinau has been received yet from Ukrainian President Victor Yushenko. Several days ago, he stated to the press his intention to go to Chisinau.

Kazakhstan and Tajikistan will be represented at the CIS Summit by their prime ministers and Turkmenistan – by a deputy prime minister. The level of representation of Uzbekistan is uncertain yet. May be this FSU Central Asiatic republic will be represented by its ambassador to Moldova.

The CIS Council of the heads of state is going to consider nearly 20 documents pertaining to cooperation between the CIS member states to overcome the consequences of the world financial crisis, to deepen integration in the humanitarian and security spheres, and to further optimize the activities of CIS organs.

The Commonwealth of Independent States was founded in December 1991 by 12-of-15 former USSR republics. By now, however, their de-jure number has diminished to eleven, after Georgia had stated its divorcing the Commonwealth following the South Ossetian war in August 2008. Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have practically ceased any participation in the CIS. At least, their presidents have long been ignoring CIS summits. Ukraine and Tajikistan have not ratified the CIS Charter. And other member states are known to be in constant frictions. At the present moment, for instance, Russia’s relations with Belarus and particularly with Ukraine are far from ideal. And perspectives of cooperation with Moldova’s new government are unclear, so far.

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