Tajikistan Prime Minister Qohir Rasoulzoda will attend a meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States that take place in Turkmenistan’s capital, Ashgabat, on May 24, 2024. 

The press center of the CIS Executive Committee says it is expected that 12 issues will be submitted for consideration by the heads of Government of the CIS. In a narrow format, the heads of delegations will exchange views on topical issues of economic cooperation within the CIS area.

Special attention will be paid to cooperation in the energy, scientific, technical and humanitarian fields.

Thus, it is planned that the Council will approve a number of concepts and action plans in the field of the chemical industry, in the energy sector, in the field of hazardous waste management and the elimination of accumulated environmental damage.

The heads of government reportedly intend to approve the Plan of Actions to optimize infrastructure and develop international transport corridors passing through the territories of the CIS member states for the period up to 2030.

In addition, the Council will consider a decision on declaring Ashgabat the city of new sports opportunities of the CIS.

The CIS covers much of the former Soviet Union, including as full members Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Moldova, as well as Turkmenistan as an “associate.”

Georgia quitted the Moscow-dominated Commonwealth of Independent States in 2009.  Georgia's CIS membership officially ended on August 17, 2009.

Ukraine, which participated in the CIS since its inception, never actually ratified its charter – disagreeing with the document’s positioning of Russia as the only legal successor state to the Soviet Union.  Kyiv ceased its participation in the statutory bodies of the CIS in 2018.  To fully terminate its relationship with the CIS, Ukraine would need to legally withdraw from the Creation Agreement, which it has not done.

It is to be noted that Moldova is also distancing itself from the CIS, but leaving is might not be so easy.