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Top CIS Defense Officials Meet In Baku

Rusian Defense Minister Ivanov pictured reviewing ships of Russia's Pacific Fleet in 2005 (ITAR-TASS) May 31, 2006 -- Defense ministers and top defense officials from member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) met today in Baku to discuss cooperation.

The chairman of the meeting, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, said the gathering was "successful and an important step toward strengthening cooperation."

Three members of the CIS -- Armenia, Georgia and Turkmenistan -- did not send delegations.

(Interfax, ITAR-TASS)