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Leaders of Commonwealth of Independent States meet in St. Petersburg

Commonwealth of Independent States marks its 30th anniversary

Elena Teslova   | 28.12.2021
Leaders of Commonwealth of Independent States meet in St. Petersburg FILE PHOTO

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The leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) gathered for an informal summit in the Russian city of St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

Opening the meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated his guests on the 30th anniversary of the CIS, and said: "The idea of establishing this organization was justified.”

Ties that have been preserved since the Soviet era continue to play a positive role, including in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Putin added.

He noted that cooperation to overcome the pandemic was one of the main topics the CIS leaders agreed to discuss.

He also invited Russian chief sanitary officer Anna Popova to voice Russia’s proposal on the measures that the CIS countries may take together to withstand “the biological threats” now and in the future.

Since December 2019, the pandemic has claimed more than 5.4 million lives in 192 countries and regions, with over 281.6 million cases reported worldwide, according to the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

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