An informal meeting of the heads of CIS states was held at the Russian presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo in Moscow on December 26.
The meeting was attended by President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Moldova Igor Dodon, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The leaders of the CIS countries summed up the results of Russia’s CIS Presidency in 2017 and exchanged views on the further development of cooperation in different areas.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the participants. "I am happy that we managed to hold this informal meeting ahead of the New Year, as we agreed, to sum up the results of our joint work in the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States during this year, to talk about our plans for the future and, of course, to discuss topical issues on the regional and international agendas," he said.
He told about the results of Russia's presidency over the CIS. "The main attention was focused on bringing down barriers in the movement of goods and services and facilitating customs procedures. Let me note that this year trade between the CIS countries has grown significantly. According to the data for the first 10 months, it has grown more than one-fourth (25.7 percent) to reach almost $117 billion. Just for reference, it was $94 billion last year. Trade between the CIS and third countries has grown almost as much: plus 24 percent."
Putin said the contractual foundation of the Commonwealth has grown stronger. The CIS countries are enhancing their cooperation in the struggle against terrorism, cross-border crime and drug trafficking. In May, the CIS countries’ secret services staged the large-scale exercises, “Dushanbe-Anti-Terror-2017 in Tajikistan. Concepts for cooperation in countering corruption and the legalisation of illegal income have been reviewed and endorsed, Putin said.
He expressed confidence that further deepening of cooperation in the CIS meets the vital interests of all members.
From January 1, 2018 the CIS Presidency will go to Tajikistan, said Putin wishing success to President Rahmon.
Reported by AKIpress (Kyrgyzstan).