Georgia pulls out of CIS and calls on Ukraine to follow its example

16:29, 12 August 2008
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Saakashvili told a big rally in his support

Victor Yushchenko and Mikheil Saakashvili shaking hands in the airport of Batumi. July 1
Georgia made decision to pull out of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) [a grouping ex-Soviet states] and calls on Ukraine to follow its example.

According to Georgian and Russian media, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said this on Tuesday.

"We are leaving the CIS for good… and call on Ukraine and other countries leave this body run by Russia," Saakashvili told a big rally in his support outside Georgia`s parliament.

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