A meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Commonwealth of Independent States was held in Ashgabat today. According to the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan I. Aliyev, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia N. Pashinyan, the President of the Republic of Belarus A. Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan K. Tokayev, the President of the Kyrgyz Republic S. Jeenbekov and the President took part in it. Republic of Moldova I. Dodon, President of the Russian Federation V. Putin, President of the Republic of Tajikistan E. Rahmon, President of Turkmenistan G. Berdimuhamedov, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan S. Mirziyoyev, as well as the Chairman of the Executive B OARD – Executive Director of the CIS Sergey Lebedev.
At the beginning of the negotiations in a narrow format, during which the participants exchanged views on cooperation in the CIS space and praised the progress of joint activities aimed at achieving higher levels of comprehensive cooperation. They emphasized the success of the chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the CIS this year, and also spoke about the chairmanship of the Commonwealth in 2020.
At the meeting in an expanded format, participants considered issues of a political, economic and humanitarian nature. Separately, questions were considered in preparation for events on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Further, the parties discussed the trade, economic and legal basis for cooperation, military-technical cooperation, as well as actions to maintain stability and security, not only in the CIS space, but also in the world as a whole. The meeting participants noted the importance of cooperation with international organizations and regional associations to achieve effective results.
Following the meeting, the parties signed the decision “On the Chairmanship of the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2020”, and “On holding the next meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Commonwealth of Independent States”, and also adopted the “Declaration on Strategic Economic Cooperation of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States” and “Address by the heads of state of the Commonwealth of Independent States to the peoples of the Commonwealth and the world community in connection with the 75th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great qualitatively War of 1941-1945. “