Russia will continue to provide staff training assistance for CIS secret services, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. "We have been helping our CIS friends to train staff for secret services and security bodies. I would like to assure you that we will continue doing so and will coordinate our efforts with your needs and wishes," he said, addressing the heads of delegations from the CIS security and intelligence agencies to a CIS security forum held in Moscow on July 8-9 and chaired by Director of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service Mikhail Fradkov.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with the heads of delegation at the 13th meeting of the CIS Conference of chief security and intelligence officers to discuss intelligence issues, the Kremlin press office said.
Officials of the Defense Ministries of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan attended a meeting of the CIS Defense Ministers' Council in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, TASS reports.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will hold negotiations with his counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and will attend a meeting of the CIS Defense Ministers' Council in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on July 4.
The Defense Ministers Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States "will discuss conceptual guidelines for the development of military cooperation between member states of the CIS for the period until 2020" at a planned meeting in Astana on July 4, the Kazakhstan Defense Ministry said on Monday.
State Duma Deputy Speaker Sregi Zheleznyak says one of the central topics for discussion will be a search for peaceful solutions for regions where military conflicts are underway, TASS reports.
Russia is ready to hold consultations over association between the CIS members and the European Union, but if such agreements affect the free trade zone (FTZ) of the Commonwealth, Moscow will take protective measures, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. "They proposed a July date, we are ready (for consultations) in any format," Lavrov said.
Sochi will host the 71st conference of the commanders of the border forces of the CIS member-states on June 3, the press service of the Russian Federal Security Service's (FSB) border department for the Krasnodar territory told Interfax on Tuesday.
Ukraine’s quitting the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will result in outflow of Russian investments thus causing financial and economic catastrophes for Ukraine, leader of Ukrainian Choice movement Viktor Medvedchuk said on Saturday.
Ukraine's potential withdrawal from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will weaken the country's economy, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.
Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will visit Minsk on Friday to attend a session of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of the Heads of State. A staff member of the Russian government said the CIS Heads of Government would discuss more than 20 documents and decisions relating to the socio-economic development of CIS countries, their interaction in the fields of innovation, culture, health care, education, and sports.
Moscow does not have official confirmation of reports on Ukraine's intention to withdraw from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said.
Ukraine is set on leaving the CIS: this came as a statement by Secretary of national security and defense Andrei Parubiy at a briefing in the Verkhovna Rada. "The NSDC has decided not only to stop the chairmanship in the CIS, but also to begin the process of withdrawing from the CIS," Parubiy said.
The CIS countries may form an alternative to the International Criminal Court to conduct an independent investigation of the crimes of the new Ukrainian authorities. That proposal came from the deputies of Russia's State Duma. The Russian parliament members doubt that the International court in The Hague would be able to stand up to the pressure from the Western countries headed by the USA and would be able to conduct an objective investigation of the crimes against humanity of the Kiev authorities.
Iran has requested that its railway administration be included in the CIS Rail Transport Council as an associated member, OJSC Russian Railways, whose president, Vladimir Yakunin, leads the organization, reported.
The situation in Ukraine will be in the focus of Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting with the leaders of some CIS countries in Moscow on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax. "Certainly, the situation in Ukraine will be in the spotlight of the [meeting's] agenda. There will also be bilateral meetings, at which issues related to bilateral relations will be discussed," Peskov said.
All countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) favor early stabilization of the situation in Ukraine, for peace and accord in the Ukrainian society, the chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, Sergei Lebedev, told reporters on Monday.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko believes it is wrong to destroy the CIS. "Let's be frank, we [in the CIS] are going through a difficult time," Lukashenko said during a meeting with Sergei Lebedev, the head of the CIS Executive Committee, in Minsk on Monday.
Russian tourists like to spend their holidays in Greece. Nearly 1.5 million Russian tourists visited Greece last year, which added 1.3 billion euros to the Greek budget.
During his interview with VoR, Danila Bochkarev, Brussels-based fellow with EastWest Institute's Global Security team, expressed his opinion on the agenda and significance of the 14th Russia and CIS Oil and Gas Summit that recently took place in Paris.