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Putin’s Visit Reconfirms Kazakh-Russian Strategic Partnership 0

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.

Shanghai will host the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on May 20-21 0

Posted on May 20, 2014 by KazCham

Xinhuanet

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced that Shanghai will host the largest ever Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in May. Delegations from nearly 40 countries and international bodies, including 14 heads of state, will attend the summit.

The fourth CICA summit will be held in Shanghai on May 20-21. The guest dignitaries will include Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said that China, as a founding CICA member and a positive participant in the conference’s development, has made its due contribution to enhancing cooperation, solidarity and trust between Asian countries.

China’s holding the summit and taking over as CICA host from 2014 to 2016 reveals the great importance the country attaches to the CICA, Cheng said.

He described the three targets of the Shanghai summit as promoting communication and trust among relevant parties, gathering consensus and wisdom, and discussing ways to solving pressing issues for Asia.

“Through the summit, we hope to offer a platform for countries to exchange views on Asian security and cooperation,” he said.

CICA member states are expected to issue a Shanghai Declaration elaborating on their common aspiration and commitments to strengthening strategic coordination and building an integrated security environment, according to Cheng.

The declaration will also expound on plans for CICA development in the next 10 years.

As the hosting country of the summit, China hopes to guide relevant parties to settle their disputes through equal consultation and peaceful manner within the CICA framework, Cheng said.

The vice foreign minister added, “We are confident we can work with other CICA member states to make new contributions to Asia’s peace and stability.”

The Shanghai summit is also expected to offer an important opportunity for China to show Asia its achievements in reform and opening up.

The CICA was established in 1992 as a forum for dialogue and consultations and promotion of confidence-building measures and now groups 24 member countries and 13 observers. The idea of convening the CICA was first proposed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev on 5 October 1992, at the 47th Session of the U.N. General Assembly.

Kazakhstan welcomes Putin’s Eurasian Union concept 0

Posted on November 02, 2011 by Alex

James Kilner, the Telegraph, Oct 6, 2011

Governments in the West may have read with alarm that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wanted to build a Eurasian Union out of the former Soviet bloc but in Kazakhstan the news was welcomed.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev first mentioned the concept of a Eurasian Union during a speech at a Moscow University in May 1994, less than three years after the breakup of the Soviet.

Since then Kazakhstan has transformed itself from a Central Asian backwater with aging Soviet infrastructure into a confident, global energy supplier complete with a new capital city full of glass and steel towers designed by some of the world leading architects.

But despite massive investment from the West and more recently China, the old ties to Russia remain strong as Roman Vassilenko, head of press and information at the Kazakh foreign ministry, explained.

“Kazakhstan and President Nazarbayev personally have always stood for closer economic integration with Russia and other countries of the former USSR,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“The Eurasian Union that President Nazarbayev first proposed in 1994 is envisaged as a mutually beneficial union of mutually respectful partners.”

Kazakhstan is already an enthusiastic member of the customs union with Russia and Belarus that Mr Putin sees as the launch pad for a more integrated Eurasian Union.

In his article for the Russian newspaper Izvestia, Mr Putin wrote that a Eurasian Union would not be a return to the Soviet Union. Instead he described a modern economic and currency union that would stretch further into Central Asia and include both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Businesses in both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have faced higher tariffs trading with Kazakhstan and Russia since the customs union came into force this year putting pressure on their political leaders to join the union. Kyrgyzstan has since officially applied to join and Tajikistan is thinking about applying.

Most analysts, though, don’t expect Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, which are both rich in natural resources, to join a Russia-lead economic union.

Dosym Satpayev, an Almaty-based analyst, said he thought that Mr Putin’s real motive behind creating the customs union and potentially the Eurasian Union was political.

“The Eurasian Union is important for Russia at it will let them remain strong in international affairs,” he said.

In contrast he said that Mr Nazarbayev’s aims were driven by a desire for access to the Russian market and to give Kazakhstan more options.

“This will show everybody that he is able to pick from a lot of partners,” Mr Satpayev said. “This is a position of strength.”

SOURCE: http://www.kazakhembus.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=784&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=201

Kazakhstan Daily News Brief – October 7, 2011 0

Posted on October 06, 2011 by Alex

ENERGY:

Kazakhstan, Karachaganak partners yet to reach agreement – Mynbayev
(SRI) – Kazakhstan is yet to reach an agreement on buying into the Karachaganak oil and gas project, and new negotiations on the planned third phase of its development will be necessary once a deal is reached, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Oil and Gas Sauat Mynbayev said on Thursday.

Kazakhstan not ready to join EU-backed gas pipelines (SRI)

KazMunaiGas starts reserves audit (SRI)

Caspian oil shipments to fall amid work on CPC pipeline expansion (Reuters)

Max loses Kazakh tax appeal (Upstream Online)

Kazakh oil giant denies talks with striking workers (RFE/RL)

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:

Kazkommertsbank receives $130 million to fund stalled construction projects (SRI)

Kazakhstan produces 23.8 million tonnes of grains to date (AgriMarket.Info)

Kazakh Ministry of Economic Development and Trade raises 2011 foreign trade forecast(Interfax)

Indicators – October 6, 2011 (Reuters)

POLITICS AND SECURITY:

Kazakhstan welcomes Putin’s Eurasian Union concept (Daily Telegraph)

SOCIETY:

Shrinking lake in Kazakhstan portends hard, dry times ahead (Washington Times)

SOURCE: http://silkroadintelligencer.com/2011/10/07/kazakhstan-daily-news-brief-october-7-2011/



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