Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov participated in a meeting of The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Foreign Ministers in Sochi on Tuesday. During the session, Lavrov emphasized Russia’s interest in strengthening the role of the CIS on the world stage. The Minister added that cooperation within the CIS remains a key priority of foreign policy. Commonwealth of... Еще Independent States (CIS) was created in December 1991 aiming at regulating the cooperation among some of the countries which previously formed the USSR. It unites Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia as a former member and Ukraine and Turkmenistan as associate states.