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CIS Leaders Conclude Summit In Ashgabat

CIS leaders pose during the December 5 meeting in Ashgabat.
CIS leaders pose during the December 5 meeting in Ashgabat.
Leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have concluded their summit meeting in Turkmenistan’s capital.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told journalists in Ashgabat on December 5 that the gathered presidents agreed on joint antiterrorism training efforts and on cooperation to counter illegal drug trafficking, terrorism, separatism, and organized crime.

Peskov said the presidents also discussed the coordination of financial intelligence services among CIS member states.

Eight of the 11 CIS presidents attended the Ashgabat summit.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev was absent because of what the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry described as Atambaev's "busy work schedule."

The Moldovan and Azerbaijani presidents sent their prime ministers to attend.

The CIS chairmanship will be transferred from Turkmenistan to Belarus on January 1.

WATCH: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Ashgabat summit:
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December 05, 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with fellow CIS leaders in Turkmenistan on December 5 to seal an agreement on a mutual free-trade zone. The meeting in Ashgabat follows Putin's visit to Turkey earlier this week. (Reuters video)


Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax

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