[QODLink]
Archive
Putin discusses future of CIS
Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev over the future of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2005 02:00 GMT
The Russian president held talks with his Kazakh counterpart
Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev over the future of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

A loose grouping of 12 former Soviet republics, the CIS is thought to be in need of reform after the toppling of former governments in Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.
  
"Kazakhstan has suggested basic reforms of the CIS considering the new realities that had appeared within the post-Soviet space," Nazarbayev said, referring to recent political upheavals in the three CIS member states.
  
"I want to know Russia's position, which is very important," he added during a meeting in the presidential residence of Novo-Ogaryovo near Moscow.
 
Putin in his turn voiced interest in his "counsels" and "reform proposals".
  
Earlier this week, Putin said the CIS would discuss a possible reform of the grouping at its next summit in May.
  
The CIS was set up in 1991 in large part to fill the void left by the disappearance of the Soviet Union, and Putin admitted in March that its lifespan was limited, in contrast to the European Union.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Featured
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.