Informal CIS summit begins in Moscow (video)

Other News Materials 22 February 2008 15:29 (UTC +04:00)

(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.