Definition of Commonwealth of Independent States in English:

Commonwealth of Independent States

Line breaks: Com¦mon|wealth of In|de¦pend|ent States
(abbreviation: CIS)
  • A confederation of independent states, formerly constituent republics of the Soviet Union, established in 1991. The member states are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

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