April 4, 1992 |
Tensions between the two largest republics of the former Soviet Union flared again Friday, when Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin threatened to take the Black Sea Fleet under his control if "anyone"--meaning Ukraine--attempts to change its status.
March 11, 1992 |
Troops of the former Soviet army became further embroiled in the bitter territorial conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan when Armenian militants threatened to kill 10 captured officers unless the army turns over a huge quantity of arms and ammunition. Maj. Gen. Nikolai Stolyarov warned in Moscow that the military, now the unified armed forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States, will attack the Armenian town of Artik unless the officers are released unharmed.
March 10, 1992
The prime ministers of the 11 member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States are to meet Friday in Moscow to address some of the crucial economic issues afflicting the loose new grouping. Among the issues are the customs policy for the newly created borders that exist among the former Soviet republics; tax coordination and pension guarantees.
January 17, 1992 |
Pressed to decide the future of the former Soviet armed forces before 5,000 disgruntled officers meet in the Kremlin today, leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States struggled Thursday night to hammer out a unified military policy but to little avail. Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin, who chaired the meeting at an estate in southwestern Moscow, announced at its conclusion: "Today, we agreed calmly, with mutual understanding, on all the issues we intended to resolve."
June 16, 1993 |
The military commander of the Commonwealth of Independent States on Tuesday officially gave up on trying to form NATO-style joint forces from among the fractious former republics of the Soviet Union. "I'm starting to feel either a peculiar vacuum around myself or that I'm up against an impenetrable wall," complained Air Marshal Yevgeny I. Shaposhnikov, who has already accepted a new job as Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin's top security adviser.
March 21, 1992 |
Leaders of the three-month-old Commonwealth of Independent States failed Friday to resolve most of the key political, economic and military issues it faces, putting its future in serious doubt. With the rancorous rivalry between Russia and Ukraine, the Commonwealth's biggest members, dominating the summit meeting, the leaders of the 11 former Soviet republics in the group found they could agree completely on less than half of the nearly 30 items on their agenda.