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ASHGABAT, December 5 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Ashgabat on Wednesday to take part in the CIS summit.
Turkmenistan, which has the associated status in the CIS, hosts the CIS summit for the second time (earlier, it hosted the CIS summit in 1993). The next summit will take place in Belarus that will be the Commonwealth’s chairman in 2013.
This is Putin’s third stopover. Earlier, he visited Istanbul and Sochi.
“The agenda includes 20 issues and embraces all key aspects of multilateral cooperation on the CIS space,” Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said, adding that economic issues would prioritise at the summit.
In particular, the summiteers are expected to sign an agreement on the integrated currency market. “The implementation of the agreement will facilitate the expansion of using national currencies in effecting payments in the field of foreign trade and giving financial services. The document is designed to ease the work of banks on the CIS space,” the Kremlin said.
In addition, the summiteers are planning to discuss and sign documents in the field of security and law-enforcement interaction. They are expected to sign an agreement in the sphere of training specialists of anti-terrorist units and a document on creating a council of financial intelligence leaders. This structure will coordinate the work on countering money laundering and sponsorship of terrorism.
On the sidelines of the summit Putin is planning to have several bilateral meetings.
The summit will also focus on the activity of the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly. Russian Federation Council chairperson Valentina Matviyenko, who will take part in the summit for the first time, will give a speech at the summit.
The CIS summit has to resolve several organisational issues. CIS Executive Committee secretary Sergei Lebedev is due to be re-elected. A document on preparations for the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War is to be signed at the summit. The Council of Heads of States should declare 2013 year of environmental culture and environmental protection in the CIS.