Meeting of CIS Heads of State Council

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The CIS leaders will review this year’s results of their cooperation in trade, the economy and social development, as well as foreign policy and security. They are to sign a number of multilateral documents.

Taking part in the meeting are President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov , Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan , President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev , President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko , President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev , President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov , President of Moldova Igor Dodon , President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev , as well as Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States Sergei Lebedev.

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Speech at a restricted format meeting of the CIS Heads of State Council

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President Berdimuhamedov, friends,

Just like all our partners, Russia assigns high priority to the development of mutually beneficial cooperation with its CIS partners. This cooperation helps us to strengthen regional stability and is stimulating economic growth and good standards of living for our people.

Last year, the aggregate foreign trade of the CIS member states increased by over 17 percent to over $1 trillion. This shows that our cooperation within the framework of the CIS is not hindering but promoting our relations with other countries.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko: Our aggregate trade? Trade of all our countries?

Vladimir Putin: Yes, our aggregate trade with our foreign partners was $1 trillion. It is a good indicator. Trade between the member states amounted to $190 billion. I draw a simple conclusion from this: our cooperation is helping us; it is not restricting but is helping to develop our relations with non-members.

These are good indicators, but we must certainly keep moving forward. We must continue to lift various barriers to trade and promote industrial and technological cooperation between us. We never stop talking about this, and we also debate and discuss this issue within the EAEU.

I this context, we support the initiative of the President of Turkmenistan, which currently holds the CIS Presidency, and today we will sign a Declaration of Strategic Economic Cooperation. We are moving in the right direction.

This comprehensive document sets out measures for encouraging ties between our enterprises and cooperation between entire industries. As our colleagues have said today, this also concerns cooperation in high-tech sectors, the development of transport infrastructure, telecommunication networks, innovative development and power generation. I believe that all of this is very important.

To be continued.


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