The summit was attended by President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov, President of Moldova Igor Dodon, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee and CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev.
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.
A number of documents concern the CIS member states’ cooperation in preventing the legalisation of criminal income (money laundering), the financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as well as anti-corruption cooperation. Meeting participants also signed documents on adjusting the Joint CIS Air Defence System to the tasks of aerospace defence and on the peaceful use of outer space.
The Government of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States have signed an agreement on the terms of headquartering in Russia of the Bureau to Combat Organised Crime and Other Dangerous Crimes on the Territory of CIS Member States.