Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

What is Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)?

Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) meaning

established – 8 December 1991; effective – 21 December 1991


aim – to coordinate intercommonwealth relations and to provide a mechanism for the orderly dissolution of the USSR


members – (11) Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan (unofficial), Ukraine (unofficial), Uzbekistan; note – neither Ukraine as a participating member nor Turkmenistan as an associate member have signed the 1993 CIS charter, although both participate in meetings; Georgia left the organization in August 2009



reference: The World Factbook 2017. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2017.