Anniversary is not for everyone: what will be discussed at the summit in honor of the 25th anniversary of the CIS


On Friday the President of Russia Vladimir Putin will take part in the summit of the Commonwealth of independent States (CIS) in Bishkek. Summit in Kyrgyzstan — the jubilee, the Commonwealth this year celebrates 25 years and the majority of its participants — a quarter of a century of independence.

Not a General holiday

However, arrive at the summit all the leaders of 11 States. Moldova will submit to the Prime Minister Pavel Filip, Turkmenistan, the Vice Premier Satlyk Satlykov, Uzbekistan is became last week the acting President Shaukat mirzijaeva — Minister of foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, Ukraine will be the Ambassador.

In a narrow format the two leaders will discuss five questions: in addition to the traditional summits of the statements in honor of the meeting and decisions about the next country the Chairman and the date of the General Assembly — the question of the adaptation of the CIS to modern realities and Executive Secretary.

The Chairman next year will be Russia, although the plan was supposed to be Moldavia. However, the Chisinau refused the presidency, said Thursday at the briefing, the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov. The next summit will be held in Moscow in October 2017. The precedent of the failure of the country’s presidency was already in 2014, when their turn refused Ukraine because of the war in the South-East. Then, the presidency was assumed by Belarus.

The issue of the Executive Secretary of Russia proposes to address the extension of office of the current Secretary Sergei Lebedev told journalists. Lebedev has held the post since 2007, before the CIS Executive Committee, he headed the foreign intelligence Service.

“The movement for the worst”

The question of the adaptation of the CIS to the new realities discussed at mid-year. As told Ushakov, the idea of adaptation has offered Kazakhstan. At the suggestion of the Kazakh side provides maximum unloading the agendas for the meetings of the Council of heads of States, some reduction in the number of devices of bodies of the Commonwealth, said Ushakov. According to the source in the CIS Executive Committee, is expected to relieve the economic agenda of summit meetings of heads of state (political), transferring it to lower levels.

Dissatisfaction with the work of the CIS, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed many times. “The hope was that we would have a common defense space that we would have free trade, free movement of people and we shared values to protect,” he said in an interview in June. “But things, as they say they did. Not the way we wanted,” concluded the permanent leader of Kazakhstan. Collaboration, according to him, over the years has been weaker and weaker.

CIS for Kazakhstan — a double complexity because of Astana, on the one hand, has always supported the existence of the CIS, on the other hand, Kazakhstan has long disappointed with the activities of the CIS and considers that it is necessary to develop the elements of closer cooperation in some specific areas,” said Kazakh political analyst Dosym Satpayev.

“The result of the 25th anniversary of the CIS disappointing. We went from best to worst <…> Better not be, because you say one thing, but do not move in this direction, good things say and in Kazakhstan, in Azerbaijan and in Belarus and Ukraine”, — says the President of Kazakhstan, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview last week.

Leaders underlined the desire to preserve the CIS as a full-fledged international organization, said Ushakov. According to the assistant to the Russian President, the CIS has facilitated the solution of many complex problems and economic cooperation.

Attempts to reform the CIS “will be disastrous”, according to Satpayev, I understand “all who speak about reform, but it is important that the organization will remain as a discussion platform between the former Soviet republics. “Of course, now the organization isn’t working as intended in 1991, but to call the Commonwealth just a debating club for presidents would be wrong, presidents have other opportunities for communication, but they gather for summits of the CIS”, — said the Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS countries Vladimir Zharikhin. CIS is an umbrella structure that provides a common framework, countries can choose in which format under a common “umbrella” to communicate, says the Zharikhin. He also urges not to forget that, despite the many broken agreements, there are still operating, including the free trade area of the CIS, the preservation mainly of visa-free regime between the countries.

With the participation of Evgeniya Ovcharova

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