Definition of Commonwealth of Independent States in English:

Commonwealth of Independent States

Syllabification: Com·mon·wealth of In·de·pend·ent States
(abbreviation: CIS)
A confederation of independent states that were formerly constituent republics of the Soviet Union, established in 1991. Member states are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

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