At CIS, Putin champions solidarity amid Ukraine crisis

On Tuesday, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) commemorated 30 years of its existence. In December 1991, this “informal arrangement” among the majority of former Soviet republics declared the end of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), also ending the Cold War in international politics. 

And now, in the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the Russo-Ukrainian crisis, this informal summit in St Petersburg – attended in person by all nine national leaders – has radiated goals and implications way beyond their limited to-do list.

Fundamentally, the summit showcased former Soviet republics’ solidarity with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who faces a united West seeking Ukraine’s co-option into NATO’s further eastward strides.

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