14 Years of Belavezha Accords’ Signing 14:47, 08/12/2005
14 years ago in the residence “Viskuli” Belavezha Accords were signed. They declared the Soviet Union dissolved. On December 8, 1991 the agreements were signed by Russian president Boris Yeltsin, Ukrainian president Leonid Kravchuk and the Chariman of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus Stanislau Shushkevich.
Heading for Belarus, none of the sides had a final text of the agreements. At the meeting itself is was proposed to create a “Commonwealth” instead of the union, but nobody could find an appropriate wording for terminating the existence of the Soviet Union. And suddenly somebody reminded that three out of the four republics – founders of the Soviet Union in 1922 gathered in Viskuli (Russia, Ukraine and Belarus). The forth was Transcaucasian Soviet republic, which was dissolved in 1936.
As a result, the countries agreed on dissolving the Soviet Union and established the Commonwealth of Independent States in its place. Two weeks later eight more presidents joined Yeltsyn, Kravchuk and Shushkevich in Alma-Ata, and the CIS was created. On December 25, 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the President of the USSR. The red flag of the Soviet Union was removed from the Kremlin, Pravda.ru reminds.