MembershipSee also: Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations, GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development, and TRACECA
There are 9 member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The Creation Agreement remained the main constituent document of the CIS until January 1993, when the CIS Charter (Russian: Устав, Ustav) was adopted. The charter formalized the concept of membership: a member country is defined as a country that ratifies the CIS Charter (sec. 2, art. 7). Turkmenistan has not ratified the charter and changed its CIS standing to associate member as of 26 August 2005 in order to be consistent with its UN-recognized international neutrality status. Although Ukraine was one of the three founding countries and ratified the Creation Agreement in December 1991, Ukraine did not choose to ratify the CIS Charter as it disagrees with Russia being the only legal successor of the Soviet Union. Thus it does not regard itself as a member of the CIS.
|Country||Signed||Ratified||Charter ratified||Membership status|
|Armenia||01991-12-2121 December 1991||01992-02-1818 February 1992||01994-03-1616 March 1994||official member|
|Azerbaijan||01991-12-2121 December 1991||01993-09-2424 September 1993||01993-12-1414 December 1993||official member|
|Belarus||01991-12-088 December 1991||01991-12-1010 December 1991||01994-01-1818 January 1994||official member|
|Kazakhstan||01991-12-2121 December 1991||01991-12-2323 December 1991||01994-04-2020 April 1994||official member|
|Kyrgyzstan||01991-12-2121 December 1991||01992-03-066 March 1992||01994-04-1212 April 1994||official member|
|Moldova||01991-12-2121 December 1991||01994-04-088 April 1994||01994-06-2727 June 1994||official member|
|Russia||01991-12-088 December 1991||01991-12-1212 December 1991||01993-07-2020 July 1993||official member|
|Tajikistan||01991-12-2121 December 1991||01993-06-2626 June 1993||01993-08-044 August 1993||official member|
|Uzbekistan||01991-12-2121 December 1991||01992-04-011 April 1992||01994-02-099 February 1994||official member|
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