President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov left for St. Petersburg on a working visit, the press service of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry reported.
In the city on the Neva, the Turkmen leader will take part in an informal meeting of the heads of the CIS member states. The leaders of the countries will sum up the results of Belarus' chairmanship in the Commonwealth in 2021, exchange views on solving common pressing problems, and discuss further measures to increase the efficiency of cooperation and socio-economic development of the CIS countries. The upcoming meeting, news portals remind, is significant also by the fact that December marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of the CIS.
According to the Kremlin press service, the informal meeting was initiated by the President of Russia. The heads of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will take part in the summit. The first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will also attend.
The summit of the heads of state of the CIS is usually held once a year. Next year, the summit will be held in October in Kazakhstan. But in addition to the regular official summit, informal meetings of heads of state are also held.
The previous informal Commonwealth summit took place even before the pandemic - in December 2019. It also took place in St. Petersburg. Then the meeting participants were told about the raised archival materials related to the prehistory of World War II, then they examined a specially organized exhibition.
Earlier we reported that the Kremlin announced Berdimuhamedov's visit to St. Petersburg.