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Putin’s Visit Reconfirms Kazakh-Russian Strategic Partnership

Posted on October 28, 2015 by KazCham

Astana Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Kazakhstan on October 15 at the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The two leaders met in eye-to-eye and extended-format sessions. Nazarbayev noted that he and Putin regularly “coordinate positions” and try to quickly find solutions to issues of bilateral relations in various areas of cooperation.

Putin said there is no need to categories Russian-Kazakh relations.

“It is not just a trustworthy partnership, but it is also a friendly relationship in every sense of the word. Kazakhstan is one of our largest trading partners. Today, almost 6,000 Russian companies are working in Kazakhstan. A large amount of investment has been accumulated in dollar equivalents. Your brainchild, the Eurasian Economic Union, is actively developing and creating conditions for the effective development of our economies. We see that many of our partners are willing to cooperate with the EAEU in different formats,” he emphasized.

A number of agreements were signed during the extended meeting. The documents included the amendments to a 1998 agreement between Kazakhstan and Russia on the delimitation of the northern part of the Caspian Sea that would help the two governments exercise sovereign rights for subsoil use and proceed with joint exploitation of the Tsentralnoye and Hvalynskoye oil deposits.

The presidents exchanged views on cooperation between Moscow and Astana in the framework of the EAEU, as well as touched upon the situation in Syria and Ukraine. Particular attention was paid to building up trade and economic cooperation.

The meeting also provided an opportunity for Kazakhstan and Russia to voice their opinions on the most important problems of the international agenda.

“We discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the issues of building up interaction within the framework of global and regional organizations, including [responsibility for providing] stability and security in the Central Asian region. For this matter, the situation in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq is important. Together, we discussed the current situation in the region. Today, we hear active speculation around the confrontation between the Shia and Sunnis; however, these talks have nothing to do with reality. The current situation in Syria is a common threat for all of us, especially for Central Asia. In this regard, we support the idea of the forum on Islam against terrorism,” said the Kazakh President.

The head of state expressed confidence that the arrangements reached will serve to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries on a range of interaction in the spirit of friendship and mutually beneficial partnership. In turn, the Russian President described negotiations as very “constructive” and “fruitful.”

“Traditionally, the negotiations went smoothly and in a friendly atmosphere. We exchanged views in all areas of bilateral relations, focusing on such areas as trade, investment, energy, transport, space and peaceful use of nuclear energy,” he said.

The Russian President touched upon key areas of cooperation between the two countries and specific projects implemented together. The Russian-Kazakh intergovernmental commission is called upon to give additional impetus to the expansion of cooperation in the trade and economic sphere, which will take place before the end of this year, he said.

“During the talks, we discussed the keys to regional and world problems. We have informed [President] Nazarbayev on the main outcomes of the meeting of the Normandy Four in Paris, as well as on the situation in Syria,” he said.

The Russian President also expressed support for his Kazakh counterpart’s initiative to join efforts by all countries, especially those where the population confesses Islam, in the fight against terrorism.

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