A session of the Council of Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has started in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.
Some 20 documents related to the interaction between CIS member states in culture, health care, education, technical innovations, and sports are expected to be discussed on May 30.
The governmental delegations of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are led either by prime ministers or deputy prime ministers.
Ukraine is represented by a delegation led by Ukraine's ambassador to Belarus, Mykhaylo Yezhel.
On March 14, a bill was introduced in Ukraine's parliament proposing to withdraw from the CIS following the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS