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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CIS Disunity Denied

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov on Wednesday played down the apparent reluctance of many former Soviet republics to sign on to a collective security pact linking Commonwealth of Independent States countries. He said only six of the 12 members of the CIS had so far agreed to renew their membership of the pact.

"At the present stage only six countries have said they are prepared to prolong the agreement of collective security," Ivanov said at a news briefing in the Tajik capital. "It is not worth overdramatizing the situation."

Uzbekistan said at a recent CIS foreign ministers' meeting that it was pulling out of the pact, and others, including Azerbaijan and Georgia, have said they may follow suit.