The Commonwealth of Independent States (or CIS) is an intergovernmental organization made up of post-Soviet nations throughout #Eurasia.
This organization promotes cooperation across the member states in #economics, military, and political aspects. The #organization also has some power over #trade, finance, security, and making laws. The nations also cooperate in preventing cross-border crime.
The CIS, also known as the Russian Commonwealth, was first created in 1922 through the Treaty and Declaration of the #USSR's Creation. The signing of the Belavezha Accords in 1991 dissolved the #Soviet Union and replaced it with the CIS.
The CIS oversees three different organizations: the Eurasian Economic Union, the Union State, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. In 2012, eight of the nine members signed on to participate in the #CIS Free Trade Area.
#Turkmenistan is an associate member state. It signed the agreement to join the CIS in 1991 but has not ratified the charter. Though it was a #founding member, it has never been a full member and was designated as an associate member state in 2005.