RFE/RL, PRAGUE - Leaders from the Commonwealth of Independent States held a summit last week in Kazan, where they discussed reform, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and other issues. The meeting, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, was expected to end with agreements signed on terrorism, fighting extremist groups, and curbing illegal migration, but resulted in one of its members, Turkmenistan, demoting itself to an associate member. In fact, the CIS is widely considered to be ineffectual in its goal of preserving close economic and defense ties between the former Soviet states. So why ...
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