A summit of the Heads of State of the ten countries that make up the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) took place in Sochi on Wednesday (11 October) under the Chairmanship of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin
Opening the meeting in a narrow format, President Putin said the meeting will chart the path for further strengthening interaction within the CIS and exchange opinions on what should be done to make the Commonwealth and its structures more efficient.
"Traditionally, we will pay special attention to economic topics. We will discuss steps aimed at deepening trade and investment ties and at eliminating existing barriers to the movement of goods and services. We have everything it takes to launch major new mutually beneficial business projects", Putin told his guests the Presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
During the meeting it was announced that Tadjikistan will have the presidency of the CIS in 2018, followed by Turkmenistan in 2019.
source: commonspace.eu with the press service of the president of Russia.
photo: The Presidents of the ten member states of the CIS at the opening of their summit in Sochi on 11 October 2017 (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Russia.
Earlier in the day Putin made a shorty private visit to Austria, where he attended the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl, and held what was described by the Kremlin as "a brief conversation" with the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
Addressing Armenia's foreign policy Nikol Pashinyan said he wanted a qualitative improvement in the relations with Russia and to improve relations with the EU. To those who are saying Armenia is going to the west, Pashinyan said, "Armenia is going nowhere. It is just standing on its feet"