Sergey Lebedev, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the CIS does not rule out that in future Abkhazia and so-called South Ossetia might join the Commonwealth of Independent States. That was reported by news agency Interfax. "According to our charter a new member can join only after all members of the CIS approve it" – said Lebedev at the press-conference in Minsk. "When every member-state of the CIS recognizes independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia then we can think about their possible membership. But we should not start guessing when this will happen" – said Lebedev.
As it is virtually impossible for Russia to pressurize all of the members of the CIS into recognizing occupied Georgian territories as independent countries it is unlikely that dreams of the separatists of joining the Commonwealth will ever come true.