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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CIS Worries Yeltsin

MOSCOW -- President Boris Yeltsin expressed concern Tuesday that some former Soviet republics wanted to quit the Commonwealth of Independent States.

"If we sum up 1997, we have to say it -- we've let the CIS issue slip away. ... Some have even made up their minds to quit the CIS," Yeltsin said in televised comments to Valery Serov, a deputy prime minister in charge of CIS affairs.

Many CIS states openly criticized Russia for its domination of the grouping at a CIS summit in Moldova last October, and a summit planned for January was postponed.