14 May 2018
Meeting with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin
Sochi, Russian Federation

During the meeting, the Head of State once again congratulated Vladimir Putin on his victory in the election of the President of the Russian Federation and wished him success in his responsible post.

- On May 18 this year there was a historic event. You have won the confidence of the Russian people with tremendous triumph. In these difficult conditions, such trust is very much worthwhile, the President of Kazakhstan noted.

Nursultan Nazarbayev pointed out the friendly and close nature of bilateral cooperation in trade, economic, investment and other important spheres and directions.

- Kazakhstan is the closest country with which Russia has the most exemplary relations and intensive economic ties. Our turnover is about 16 billion dollars. Establishment of joint ventures is on the increase, the Head of State said.

In addition, the President of Kazakhstan noted that a high level of cooperation between the two countries contributes to the effective resolution of emerging issues in Kazakh-Russian relations.

- Kazakhstan is always close. We will always work together and overcome this difficult time, moving forward. Today there is a normal work in all directions. There are always questions between neighbouring independent states. We have developed close relations between governments and ministries. The arising problems should be solved calmly, without creating any excitement. We are allies, and the media of the two countries should work in the same way, Nursultan Nazarbayev said.

Vladimir Putin stressed that for today, effective relations had been established between the two countries in various spheres and pointed out the positive dynamics of their development.

The President of the Russian Federation noted that Kazakhstan is not only a strategic ally, but also one of Russia's closest economic partners.

- Relations between our countries are developing successfully and consistently. Last year we had a good result in the economy; it is plus 30 percent growth in turnover. Russia remains one of the leading trade and economic partners of Kazakhstan. I would also like to note the growth of Russia's direct investment in the Kazakh economy, Putin said.

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