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Russia’s relations with Kazakhstan reach apogee – Medvedev

Posted on July 08, 2010 by KazCham


ASTANA, July 5 (Itar-Tass) – The relations between Russia and Kazakhstan have reached the apogee, President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday. “These contacts are being built on a practical principle – they are very strong relations of friendship, brotherhood, practical and pragmatic and have very good prospects,” Medvedev said at a meeting with Nursultan Nazarbayev. “Concrete relations between regions, rather than huge, abstract project, account for the bulk of mutual trade,” Medvedev stressed.

For his part, Nazarbayev said he believes in good prospects for cooperation with the Russian Skolkovo innovation centre and pins hopes on the first ever international university, opened in Kazakhstan a few days ago, that has scientific centers for anti-age and artificial implants research.

In a separate statement, Medvedev confirmed that Russia supports the establishment of common currency space on the territory of the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan). The Russian leader congratulated Nazarbayev on enactment of the Customs Code. “The goal we had long pursued has been attained and we have practically reached a very high level of integration,” he said.

“In the future it will be a common market in essence, and I believe that in the long run it will be a basis for common monetary space. This is what we have been calling for and what Russia ardently supports,” Medvedev said.

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