Informal CIS summit begins in Moscow (video)
(Interfax) - An informal CIS summit has opened in Moscow. The meeting, attended by the presidents of all 12 member-states, is being held at the reception house of the Russian Cabinet.
The presidents are expected to have a plenary meeting followed by lunch.
Traditionally, informal summits of the CIS don't have a definite agenda. Nevertheless, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is expected to present a separate report. According to the
Kremlin, he will report on the implementation of social and humanitarian projects in the Commonwealth, which hark back to the subject of the national projects in Russia, which Medvedev oversees.
In addition, each president can raise the subject of his/her concern. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, for instance, wants to discuss the transportation of fuel, and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon -the complex humanitarian situation in his country resulting from exceptional frosts. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev is interested in discussing the development of the transport infrastructure throughout the CIS.
The summit may also focus on the complex situation resulting from the proclamation of independence by Kosovo.