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Issue of Ukraine’s secession from CIS not officially raised — executive committee chief

January 28, 2015, 15:59 UTC+3 MINSK
CIS executive committee head Sergey Lebedev says he hopes that Ukraine will keep participating in integration processes
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CIS executive committee head Sergey Lebedev

CIS executive committee head Sergey Lebedev

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MINSK, January 28. /TASS/. The issue of Ukraine’s secession from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, a loose association of former Soviet republics) has not been officially raised, CIS executive committee head Sergey Lebedev said Wednesday.

"We have received no official statements on Ukraine’s secession from the CIS," Lebedev told journalists.

"We have heard Ukrainian Foreign Minister Mr. Klimkin’s statement that there is no need to secede from the CIS," he said. "We hope very much that Ukraine will keep participating in integration processes."

The head of the CIS executive committee also said organization is ready to develop contacts with western countries despite cooling relations.

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