Tajik President Emomali Rahmon will attend an informal meeting of the leaders of the CIS member nations that will take place in the Russian city of St. Petersburg on October 7, according to the Tajik president’s official website.

The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says the summit will be held in the Konstantinovsky Palace.  According to him, it is a very important event in the context of preparations for the CIS summit scheduled for next week.

It is to be noted that the event is timed to coincide with the 70th birthday of Russian President Vladimir Putin.  

Emomali Rahmon celebrated his 70th birthday on October 5.  On This occasion, Putin awarded the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" 3rd Class “for a great personal contribution to strengthening the strategic partnership and alliance between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan as well as to the provision of regional stability and security.”