Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the Republic of Moldova is losing its identity, “and this can only be prevented by the citizens.” The Kremlin leader made these statements at the summit of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) heads of state, which is taking place today in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, is not participating in the event, as the government in Chisinau has expressed its intention to leave the organization.
Later, Putin added that working within the CIS allows active countries to maintain their identity and strengthen their positions. Since 2014, Ukraine has not participated in CIS activities without sending an official notice of withdrawal. In May 2018, the country recalled its representatives from the statutory bodies of the CIS.
Moldova has not participated in CIS meetings since 2022. The Moldovan Parliament has so far approved the denunciation of several agreements within the CIS framework. These include the Convention on the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is also not among the CIS leaders participating in the meeting in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek. His absence is further evidence of the tense relations between Armenia and Russia at present.