Russian President Vladimir Putin stated during his March 25 visit to Yerevan that the CIS is “a useful club” and “a good arena for settling business issues,” adding that one shouldn’t have too big expectations, otherwise the disappointment would be unavoidable. “If any state expects to achieve any goals in the spheres of economic, political or military cooperation, naturally, that will not happen, as could never have happened,” Mr. Putin stated, adding that, “certainly, the CIS should be preserved.”
The next meeting of the presidents of the CIS member countries is envisaged to take place in Tatarstan. This time they will discuss “suggestions directed to the improvement of the CIS structures, as well as the cooperation of the CIS states in the humanitarian sphere.” Besides, the presidents will participate in the arrangements dedicated to 1000th anniversary of the country’s capital Kazan.
This club of 12 former Soviet republics that undertook various political priorities has adopted about 3000 decrees during the past 15 years. Most of these decrees were not carried out. Moreover, in fact, Armenia and Azerbaijan, members of the same organization, are in war condition, while Georgia has deep contradictions with Russia. There are serious disagreement cases between Russia and Moldova, Georgia and Byelorussia, Ukraine and Russia, etc.
Anyway, the CIS summits are important for Armenia because the president can have a number of bilateral meetings with his colleagues. “The CIS is a good arena for settling business issues. We should be glad that we have such an arena, because the level and the volume of the cooperation between the countries are really big. There are always serious themes and issues for discussions and certain decisions. I meet with three of my colleagues, at least, during each of the CIS Summit. And these meetings are quite fruitful,” RA President Robert Kocharian said at the joint press conference during Vladimir Putin’s last visit in Yerevan.
The CIS served the forum that enabled to hold dozens of meetings for the Armenian and the Azeri presidents. They are going to meet in Kazan, as well. This summit is important for Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan for the very negotiations between Robert Kocharian and Ilham Aliyev. The meeting of the presidents is envisaged on August 27.
It’s worth reminding that Foreign Ministers Vartan Oskanian and Elmar Mamediarov have already discussed the current stage of Nagorno Karabakh negotiations with the participation of the OSCE Minsk group co-chairs in Moscow, on August 24. If on the eve of the July visit of the co-chairs, the sides had rather optimistic expectations from the meeting of the presidents in Kazan, today they are skeptical. Anyway, the Azeri side sees no breakthrough in the negotiations.
By Tatoul Hakobian