In 1994, the CIS countries "agreed" to create a "free trade area (FTA), but the agreements were never signed. The 1994 agreement would have covered all twelve then CIS members except Turkmenistan.
In 2009, a new agreement was begun to create a FTA, the "CISFTA. In October 2011, the new free trade agreement was signed by eight of the eleven CIS prime ministers; Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine at a meeting in St. Petersburg. As of 2013, it has been ratified by Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, and Armenia, and is in force only between those states.
The free trade agreement eliminates export and import duties on a number of goods but also contains a number of exemptions that will ultimately be phased out. An agreement was also signed on the basic principles of currency regulation and currency controls in the CIS at the same October 2011 meeting.
Corruption and bureaucracy are serious problems for trade in CIS countries.
Eurasian Economic Community
The Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC or EAEC) originated from a customs union between "Belarus, "Russia and "Kazakhstan on 29 March 1996. It was named the EAEC on 10 October 2000 when "Belarus, "Kazakhstan, "Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and "Tajikistan signed the treaty. EurAsEC was formally created when the treaty was finally ratified by all five member states in May 2001. "Armenia, "Moldova and "Ukraine hold observer status. EurAsEC is working on establishing a common energy market and exploring the more efficient use of water in central Asia. The Eurasian Economic Community was terminated from 1 January 2015 in connection with the launch of the "Eurasian Economic Union.
Organisation of Central Asian Cooperation
"Kazakhstan, "Kyrgyzstan, "Tajikistan, "Turkmenistan and "Uzbekistan formed the OCAC in 1991 as "Central Asian Commonwealth (CAC). The organisation continued in 1994 as the Central Asian Economic Union (CAEU), in which Tajikistan and Turkmenistan did not participate. In 1998 it became the Central Asian Economic Cooperation (CAEC), which marked the return of Tajikistan. On 28 February 2002 it was renamed to its current name. Russia joined on 28 May 2004. On 7 October 2005 it was decided between the member states that Uzbekistan will join the Eurasian Economic Community and that the organisations will merge. The organisations joined on 25 January 2006. It is not clear what will happen to the status of current CACO observers that are not observers to EurAsEC ("Georgia and "Turkey).
Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations
The post-Soviet "disputed states of "Abkhazia, the "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, "South Ossetia, and "Transnistria are all members of the "Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations which aims to forge closer integration among the members.
Common Economic Space
After discussion about the creation of a "common economic space between the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries of Russia, "Ukraine, "Belarus, and "Kazakhstan, agreement in principle about the creation of this space was announced after a meeting in the Moscow suburb of "Novo-Ogarevo on 23 February 2003. The Common Economic Space would involve a "supranational commission on trade and "tariffs that would be based in "Kiev, would initially be headed by a representative of "Kazakhstan, and would not be subordinate to the governments of the four nations. The ultimate goal would be a regional organisation that would be open for other countries to join as well, and could eventually lead even to a single currency.
On 22 May 2003, the "Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament) voted 266 votes in favour and 51 against the joint economic space. However, most believe that "Viktor Yushchenko's victory in the "Ukrainian presidential election of 2004 was a significant blow against the project: Yushchenko has shown renewed interest in Ukrainian membership in the European Union and such membership would be incompatible with the envisioned common economic space. Yushchenko's successor "Viktor Yanukovych stated on 27 April 2010 "Ukraine's entry into the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan is not possible today, since the economic principles and the laws of the "WTO do not allow it, we develop our policy in accordance with WTO principles". Ukraine is a WTO member.
A "Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia was thus created in 2010, with a "single market envisioned for 2012.
Collective Security Treaty Organization
The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) (Russian: Организация Договора о Коллективной Безопасности) or simply the Tashkent Treaty (Russian: Ташкентский договор) first began as the CIS Collective Security Treaty which was signed on 15 May 1992, by "Armenia, "Kazakhstan, "Kyrgyzstan, "Russian Federation, "Tajikistan and "Uzbekistan, in the city of "Tashkent. "Azerbaijan signed the treaty on 24 September 1993, "Georgia on 9 December 1993 and "Belarus on 31 December 1993. The treaty came into effect on 20 April 1994.
The CST was set to last for a 5-year period unless extended. On 2 April 1999, only six members of the CSTO signed a protocol renewing the treaty for another five-year period, while Azerbaijan, Georgia and Uzbekistan refused to sign, and withdrew from the treaty instead; together with "Moldova and "Ukraine, formed a non-aligned, more pro-Western group known as the ""GUAM" (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova). The organisation was named CSTO on 7 October 2002 in Tashkent. "Nikolai Bordyuzha was appointed secretary general of the new organisation. During 2005, the CSTO partners conducted some common military exercises. In 2005, Uzbekistan withdrew from GUAM, and on 23 June 2006, Uzbekistan became a full participant in the CSTO and its membership was formally ratified by its parliament on 28 March 2008. The CSTO is an observer organisation at the "United Nations General Assembly.
The charter reaffirmed the desire of all participating states to abstain from the use or threat of force. Signatories would not be able to join other military alliances or other groups of states, while aggression against one signatory would be perceived as an aggression against all. To this end, the CSTO holds yearly military command exercises for the CSTO nations to have an opportunity to improve inter-organisation cooperation. The largest-scale CSTO military exercise held to date were the "Rubezh 2008" exercises hosted in Armenia where a combined total of 4,000 troops from all 7 constituent CSTO member countries conducted operative, strategic, and tactical training with an emphasis towards furthering efficiency of the collective security element of the CSTO partnership.
In May 2007, the CSTO secretary-general "Nikolai Bordyuzha suggested "Iran could join the CSTO saying, "The CSTO is an open organisation. If Iran applies in accordance with our charter, we will consider the application." If Iran joined, it would be the first state outside the former Soviet Union to become a member of the organisation.
On 6 October 2007, CSTO members agreed to a major expansion of the organisation which would create a CSTO peacekeeping force that could deploy under a UN mandate or without one in its member states. The expansion would also allow all members to purchase Russian weapons at the same price as Russia. CSTO signed an agreement with the "Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in the Tajik capital "Dushanbe, to broaden cooperation on issues such as security, crime, and drug trafficking.
On 29 August 2008, Russia announced it would seek CSTO recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, three days after Russia officially recognised both. On 5 September 2008, Armenia assumed the rotating CSTO presidency during a CSTO meeting in Moscow, Russia.
In October 2009, Ukraine refused permission for the CIS Anti-Terrorist Center to hold anti-terrorist exercises on its territory because Ukraine's constitution bans foreign military units from operating on its territory.
The largest military exercises ever held by the CSTO, involving up to 12,000 troops, were conducted between 19 and 27 September 2011 to raise preparedness and co-ordination in anti-destabilization techniques, to counter any attempts at popular uprisings like the "Arab Spring.
Controversial election observation mission
The CIS Election Monitoring Organisation ("Russian: Миссия наблюдателей от СНГ на выборах) is an "election monitoring body that was formed in October 2002, following a Commonwealth of Independent States heads of states meeting which adopted the Convention on the Standards of Democratic Elections, Electoral Rights, and Freedoms in the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The CIS-EMO has been sending election observers to member countries of the CIS since this time; they approved many elections which have been heavily criticised by independent observers.
- The democratic nature of the final round of the "Ukrainian presidential election, 2004 which followed the "Orange Revolution and brought into power the former opposition, was questioned by the CIS while the "Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) found no significant problems. This was the first time ever that the CIS observation teams challenged the validity of an election, saying that it should be considered illegitimate. On 15 March 2005, the "Ukrainian Independent Information Agency quoted Dmytro Svystkov (a spokesman of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry) that Ukraine has suspended its participation in the CIS election monitoring organisation.
- The CIS praised the Uzbekistan parliamentary elections, 2005 as "legitimate, free and transparent" while the OSCE had referred to the Uzbek elections as having fallen "significantly short of OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections".
- Moldovan authorities refused to invite CIS observers in the "Moldovan parliamentary elections, 2005, an action Russia criticised. Many dozens such observers from Belarus and Russia were stopped from reaching Moldova.
- CIS observers monitored the Tajikistan parliamentary elections, 2005 and in the end declared them "legal, free and transparent." The same elections were pronounced by the OSCE to have failed international standards for democratic elections.
- Soon after CIS observers hailed the "Kyrgyz parliamentary elections of 2005 as "well-organised, free, and fair", as large-scale and often violent demonstrations broke out throughout the country protesting what the opposition called a rigged parliamentary election. In contrast the OSCE reported that the elections fell short of international standards in many areas.
- International observers of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly stated the "2010 local elections in Ukraine were organised well. While the "Council of Europe uncovered a number of problems in relation to a new electorate law approved just prior to the elections and the "Obama administration criticised the conduct of the elections, saying they "did not meet standards for openness and fairness".
The CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, established in March 1995, is a consultative parliamentary wing of the CIS created to discuss problems of parliamentary cooperation. The Assembly held its 32nd Plenary meeting in "Saint Petersburg on 14 May 2009. "Ukraine participates, but "Uzbekistan does not.
Russian language status
Russia has been urging that the "Russian language receive official status in all of the CIS member states. So far Russian is an official language in only four of these states: Russia, "Belarus, "Kazakhstan, and "Kyrgyzstan. Russian is also considered an official language in the region of "Transnistria, and the autonomous region of "Gagauzia in "Moldova. "Viktor Yanukovych, the Moscow-supported presidential candidate in the controversial "2004 Ukrainian presidential election, declared his intention to make Russian an official second language of Ukraine. However, the Western-supported candidate "Viktor Yushchenko, the winner, did not do so. After his "early 2010 election as President Yanukovych stated (on 9 March 2010) that "Ukraine will continue to promote the "Ukrainian language as its only state language".
At the time of the Soviet Union's dissolution in December 1991, "its sports teams had been invited to or qualified for various 1992 sports events. A joint CIS team took its place in some of these. The ""Unified Team" competed in the "1992 Winter Olympics and "1992 Summer Olympics, and a "CIS association football team competed in "UEFA Euro 1992. A "CIS bandy team played some friendlies in January 1992 and made its last appearance at the 1992 "Russian Government Cup, where it also played against the new "Russia national bandy team. The "Soviet Union bandy championship for 1991–1992 was rebranded as a CIS championship.
Since then, CIS members have each competed separately in international sport.
The data is taken from the "United Nations statistics division and the United States "Central Intelligence Agency.
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Heads of State of the member states within the CIS, as of 2017
- "Regional organisations in post-Soviet states
- "Collective Security Treaty Organization
- "Eurasian Economic Union
- "Soviet Union
- 1. ^ The Commonwealth of Independent States and the "Commonwealth of Nations are also called the "Russian Commonwealth" and the "British Commonwealth" respectively to differentiate between them.
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- Agreement on the Establishment of the CIS: 3 founding countries, 8 December 1991 (unofficial English translation). Russian text here 
- Plokhy, Serhii, The Last Empire: The final days of the Soviet Union, Oneworld, London (2014), "ISBN 9781780746463, pp 356 – 365
- Alma-Ata Declaration: 11 countries accede to the CIS, 21 December 1991 (English translation). Russian text here 
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- 3 February 2006 (11 September 2001). "Georgia opts out of ex-Soviet military cooperation body". Pravda.Ru. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "RIA Novosti – World – Georgia's quitting CIS council will not affect security – Russian minister". En.rian.ru. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Russia questions further existence of the CIS post-soviet organisation InfoNIAC
- Pannier, Bruce. "Russia Facing Resistance With Allies On CIS's Southern Flank". Rferl.org. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- CIS Charter, 22 January 1993 (unofficial English translation). Russian text here
- Decision on Turkmenistan's associate membership, CIS Executive Committee meeting in Kazan, Russia, 26 August 2005 (Russian).
- Turkmenistan reduces CIS ties to "Associate Member", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 29 August 2005.
- Conflict in the Former USSR. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- Russia and Nis Mineral Industry Handbook. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- September 2008 Statement by Foreign Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Ohryzko, “Ukraine does not recognise the legal personality of this organisation, we are not members of the CIS Economic Court, we did not ratify the CIS Statute, thus, we cannot be considered a member of this organisation from international legal point of view. Ukraine is a country-participant, but not a member country”
- Economic Interdependence in Ukrainian-Russian Relations. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "Bill introduced to withdraw Ukraine from CIS". "Kyiv Post. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
- "Результати пошуку законопроектiв, зареєстрованих Верховною Радою України". Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "Draft documents on Ukraine's withdrawal from CIS submitted to Verkhovna Rada". "Information Telegraph Agency of Russia. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Проект Постанови про припинення членства та участі України в органах Співдружності Незалежних Держав". "Verkhovna Rada. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
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- Ukraine to selectively work as part of CIS, "BelTA (21 September 2015)
- Yatsenyuk says Ukraine will drop Commonwealth of Independent States criminal search database system on Aug 24, "Kyiv Post (20 August 2015)
- Buckley, Neil (25 November 2014). "Georgia calls on west to condemn Abkhazia treaty with Russia". "Financial Times. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
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- In Moldova propose to denounce the agreement on creation of CIS. "Ukrinform. 25 March 2014
- "Proiectul hotărîrii cu privire la denunțarea Acordului de constituire a Comunității Statelor Independente". "Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- "Proiectul legii cu privire la denunțarea Acordului de constituire a Comunității Statelor Independente nr.40-XII din 08.04.1994". "Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- "Сведения о ратификации документов, принятых в рамках СНГ в 1991 – 2014 годах". Commonwealth of Independent States. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- "Commonwealth of Independent States Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms". 1995. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
- "Democracy Deficit Grows in Former Soviet Union" 2011. date retrieved 12 February 2014
- "Информация о Совете министров обороны государств – участников Содружества Независимых Государств". Cis.minsk.by. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Johnson's Russia List #2142, 9 April 1998
- Odom, The Collapse of the Soviet Military, p.385-86
- Interfax, 22 December 1993, via Zbigniew Brzezinski, Paige Sullivan, 'Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States' CSIS, 1997, p.464 via "Google Books
- SIPRI 1998 Annual, p.18
- "CIS chiefs of staff want military integration." "RIA Novosti, 3 December 2010.
- "Free Trade Agreement Between Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, The Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan And The Kyrgyz Republic" (PDF). Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Russia expects the CIS countries to create a free trade zone by yearend, 17 June 2010
- CIS Free Trade Agreement comes into force; Baker & McKenzi, Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, 18 October 2012, 18 October 2011
- CIS leaders sign free trade deal, 19 October 2011
- Most CIS states sign free trade zone agreement, 19 October 2011
- "Petro Jacyk Program – Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto" (PDF). Retrieved 25 September 2014.
- "WTO WT/REG71/1
- "Foundation Agreement Of Eaec Agreement On Foundation Of Eurasian Economic Community" (PDF). Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Central Asian Cooperation Organisation". Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Working group discusses Uzbekistan's accession to EurAsEC". En.rian.ru. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Collective Security: A Timeline". Centralasia.foreignpolicyblogs.com. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Yanukovych: Ukraine won't join Customs Union, "Kyiv Post (27 April 2010)
- "Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus plan on common economic space". Rbcnews.com. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Russia expects CIS countries to create free trade area". En.rian.ru. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- The Charter of the CSTO Archived 15 May 2011 at the "Wayback Machine.
- "Евразийский дом – информационно-аналитический портал". Eurasianhome.org. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- “Rubezh 2008”: The First Large-Scale CSTO Military Exercise | PfP Information Management System (PIMS) Archived 18 February 2012 at the "Wayback Machine.
- "Gendarme of Eurasia – Kommersant Moscow". Kommersant.com. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- "Leading News Resource of Pakistan". Daily Times. 6 October 2007. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Halpin, Tony (30 August 2008). "Kremlin announces that South Ossetia will join one united Russian state". The Times. London. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "Armenian News – PanARMENIAN.Net | Armenian News Agency – CSTO Security Councils Secretaries meet in Yerevan". Panarmenian.Net. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Ukraine refuses to hold CIS anti-terrorist drills on its territory, "Kyiv Post (29 October 2009)
- Central Asian armies start exercises to counter potential Arab Spring-style unrest, "The Daily Telegraph (20 September 2011)
- "Election fraud: How to steal an election". "The Economist. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- "Foreign observers differ in their evaluation of the election in Uzbekistan". Enews.ferghana.ru. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- Alexander Yakovenko, the Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Answers a Russian Media Question Regarding International Observers' Conclusions on Election Results in Ukraine and Uzbekistan
- CIS Observers Outraged by Deportation of Colleagues
- Kupchinsky, Roman. "CIS: Monitoring The Election Monitors". Rferl.org. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- EU will not condemn the local elections in Ukraine, "Razumkov Centre (3 November 2010)
- Interview: Top U.S. Diplomat Discusses Regional Developments, Abuses, Stalemates, And Cooperation, "Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (5 November 2010)
- Ukraine's Ballot Flawed, U.S. Says, "The Wall Street Journal (4 November 2010)
- Information and Publish. Department. "CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly". Cisstat.com. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
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- Yanukovych: Ukraine will not have second state language, "Kyiv Post (9 March 2010)
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- Holds both presidency and executive powers since the former "Prime Minister of Turkmenistan role was abolished.
- Vinep A Kankam-da-Costa (2012). Who Is Fit to Rule America in the Twenty-First Century and Beyond?. "Xlibris. p. 271. "ISBN "9781479739653. Retrieved 17 November 2013.
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- Food Security in Caucasus and Republic of Moldova (FAO)
- Kembayev, Zhenis. Legal Aspects of the Regional Integration Processes in the Post-Soviet Area. Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2009 (summary and sample pages).
- Belarus Leads The CIS In 2013