Definition of Commonwealth of Independent States in English:

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Commonwealth of Independent States

Pronunciation: /ˌkämənˌwelTH əv indəˌpendənt ˈstāts/
(abbreviation CIS)
A confederation of independent states that were formerly constituent republics of the Soviet Union, established in 1991. Member states are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Turkmenistan and Ukraine are associate members.

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Syllabification: Com·mon·wealth of In·de·pend·ent States

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