Comment by the Information and Press department on the upcoming meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers

On October 10, a regular meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers will be held in Sochi within the framework of Russia’s CIS Chairmanship in 2017. The agenda is comprised of 18 topics covering a broad range of issues related to CIS cooperation. The CIS foreign ministers will discuss practical measures for promoting multilateral cooperation between the CIS countries and will exchange opinions on current international issues. The documents they will adopt following this meeting will be forwarded to the CIS Council of Heads of State (Sochi, October 11) and to the CIS Council of Heads of Government (Tashkent, November 3).

In the context of the Year of the Family, which is being held in the CIS in 2017, the ministers will discuss a draft statement initiated by Russia for supporting families and traditional family values in the CIS.

The document to be adopted in the law enforcement sphere will include decisions on the draft concept of anti-corruption cooperation and the draft agreement on the exchange of information on the fight against terrorism and other violent forms of extremism and their financing.

The agenda also includes military cooperation, including draft guidelines for adjusting the Joint CIS Air Defence System to the tasks of aerospace defence.

The ministers will discuss several documents on strengthening cultural cooperation, including draft decisions on declaring the Year of the Book in 2019 and the Year of the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941−1945 in 2020, as well as an action plan for cooperation in sports, tourism and youth policies through 2020.

Meeting participants will approve a decision on the draft agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States on headquartering the Bureau to Combat Organised Crime and Other Dangerous Crimes on the Territory of CIS Member States in Russia.

The ministers are also expected to adopt a number of organisational decisions.