3 Nov 2017 12:21

CIS mutual trade up this year - Medvedev

TASHKENT. Nov 3 (Interfax) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has spoken to the CIS Heads of Governments Council about positive dynamics in mutual trade.

"This year, everyone has seen that there are positive dynamics in mutual trade, it has increased," he said at a meeting of the council in Tashkent on Friday.

"Trade turnover in the CIS increased by about a quarter in the first half of the year; trade turnover with other countries went up by almost 27%," Medvedev said.

Further steps on solidifying these economic successes were discussed in a meeting of the CIS prime ministers, Medvedev said.

The CIS is a leading site for developing multifaceted cooperation between the countries of the region on a legal-contractual basis, he said.

"None of the international organizations of which we are a member has such a developed legal-contractual basis. Frankly speaking, it should be valued; it provides opportunities to search for mutually acceptable decisions, finding compromises," Medvedev said.

Russia remains committed to the values and strategic goals of the CIS and intends to continue strengthening cooperation in all spheres on the basis of the principles of equal rights, trust, and good-neighborliness, he said.