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“The annual CIS summit will bring together the presidents of practically all CIS member states, but for Ukraine,” he said.”Ukraine will be represented at a non-presidential level. Somebody will represent Ukraine, but at this point it remains unclear who will do that.”
The Russian, Belarusian and Kazakhstani presidents will discuss the consequences of the Ukraine-EU association deal.“The three countries agree that the Association Agreement will hamper trade and economic relations with Ukraine and will have a negative impact on these ties,” Ushakov said.
“It’s common knowledge that the implementation of the trade and economic part of the Agreement has been postponed to December 31, 2015. This will give a possibility to discuss all unsolved issues,” he said.
Ushakov previewed the schedule of the Minsk summit. There will be meetings both in the narrow and enlarged formats and the signing of documents.
“The current and future CIS chairmen - Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev - will make statements for the press, Ushakov said, adding that Kazakhstan would take over the rotating presidency of the CIS in 2015.
During the string of summits in Minsk Russian President Vladimir Putin will “apparently have some bilateral contacts” with his counterparts, but “they will be informal ones, because we cannot plan a schedule for it remains unclear when the sessions will end.”
The agenda of the CIS summit “encompasses cooperation in the economic sphere and law enforcement. A number of documents have been prepared for approval. They are geared to deepen multi-faceted interaction, strengthen the international system of drug control resistance to human trafficking, step up the struggle against illegal migration and enhance financial control.”
Ushakov forecasts that the leaders will declare 2016 as Education Year in the CIS and also launch an inter-state program Cultural Capitals of the Commonwealth. The two cities selected for the program are Russia’s Voronezh and Tajikistan’s Kulob. “It is expected that the heads of state will issue a joint appeal to the peoples of the CIS and the world public in connection with the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War,” Ushakov said.
The agreement to establish the CIS was signed by Russia, Belarus and Ukraine on December 8, 1991. At the moment the CIS unites Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. Belarus took over the CIS presidency this year when Ukraine last spring refused to perform the functions of the CIS president.