President Putin: In his opening remarks, the President of Russia said that the CIS countries had every opportunity to launch new ambitious and mutually advantageous projects. The summit will particularly highlight the economic agenda and ways of improving trade and investment ties, eliminating barriers to the flow of goods and services, Vladimir Putin said.
During the summit, the participants exchanged views on key issues of CIS cooperation and signed a package of documents aimed at deepening ties in various areas. In addition, they approved the decision on the transfer of the CIS rotating chairmanship from Russia to Tajikistan in 2018.
The documents signed include resolutions on improving the operation of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member States and adjusting it to modern realities; on the delineation of powers between the CIS Council of Heads of State and the CIS Council of Heads of Government; on Regulations of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers; on Regulations of the CIS Economic Council; as well as on declaring 2019 the Year of the Book in the CIS, and 2020 – the Year of the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945.
Other documents include decisions on the Statement of the CIS Heads of State in support of the family and traditional family values and on the implementation of the Interstate Programme CIS Cultural Capitals in the Republic of Armenia in 2018, in the Republic of Belarus in 2019 and in the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2020.