Georgian parliament votes to quit CIS

16:41, 14 August 2008
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The chamber voted unanimously

Georgia`s parliament voted on Thursday to leave the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a Russian-led grouping of ex-Soviet states, after accusing Moscow of starting a war over separatist South Ossetia, according to Reuters.

The chamber voted unanimously in favour of the motion.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced on Tuesday that 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, "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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