Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn has said that Ukraine should use the potential of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), especially amid the economic crisis.

"It seems to me that in recent years, Ukraine has voluntarily started restricting itself in the CIS. I think this is wrong," he said on the Ekho Moskvy radio on Tuesday, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

Lytvyn said that Ukraine was one of the founders of the CIS, which has not formalized its presence in the commonwealth. He said that the CIS had "turned into a certain structure ensuring a gradual and civilized divorce suit," and added that both Ukraine and Russia are to blame for this.

"Ukraine could have played a significant role in the CIS. Moreover, the market, as shown by the crisis, is of great importance to Ukraine among post-Soviet republics," he said.

"I don't think that Ukraine will pull out of the CIS. The Ukrainian parliament won't take this decision. Because the question then arises as to what happened in Belovezhskaya Pushcha... This will result in a great ... political confusion and great political consequences in the form of unpleasantness," Lytvyn said.
As a reminder, Georgia officially ended its membership of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on Tuesday.

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