ASHGABAT, December 5 (Itar-Tass) — The CIS summit has begun in Ashgabat.
Russia is represented by President Vladimir Putin. The summit will also involve Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, Uzbek President Islam Karimov, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, Azerbaijani Prime Minister Rasi Zade Artur Tair ogly, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abdylayev and Moldovan Prime Minister Vladimir Filat. The guests will be welcomed by Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.
“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.
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.