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. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html