Rogozin will work closely with Boris Pastukhov, the chairman of the committee on the Commonwealth of Independent States. Pastukhov is not part of the pro-Putin alliance. He is a protégé of former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who made Pastukhov his principal deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Pastukhov ran the Russian mediation teams that ensured deadlock in the talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Georgia and Abkhazia, and Moldova and Transdniester. He shares credit with Primakov for developing the concept of the “common state,” a Russian approach to separatist movements outside of Russia that provides a de facto partition with de jure territorial integrity.