Meaning of Commonwealth of Independent States

Com'monwealth of In'dependent States'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an alliance of former Soviet republics formed in December 1991, including: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Abbr.: C.I.S.
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