"We approached the 25th anniversary with basically the same intention – and this is the main result, in my opinion, – to preserve the CIS as a full-fledged international organization," Putin said in Bishkek.
"It is everyone’s opinion that parallel structures are of no use. Everything that is in the way of progress, that creates red tape…must be transformed to suit concrete tasks," he continued.
Putin said that the CIS had played an important historical role of facilitating transition from the Soviet Union to independent states. "It set conditions for smooth, gradual and quite comfortable for all participants," Putin said.