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Ukraine says it could quit Russia-led political bloc

Published on Mar 20, 2014 12:28 AM

KIEV (REUTERS) - Ukraine could review its membership of the Moscow-dominated Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) following Russia's move to incorporate the Crimea peninsula, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

A statement on the ministry's website said Ukraine had already decided it no longer wished to serve as 2014 chairman of the CIS, a loose grouping of former Soviet states with limited decision-making power.

"Ukraine has decided not to continue its chairmanship of the CIS for 2014...(and) reserves the right to review its future membership," Foreign Ministry spokesman Evhen Perebynis said in the statement.

He said many member states of the CIS had supported Moscow's move to take control of Crimea and sign a treaty to make it a part of Russia.

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