10 May 2007
Today President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation arrived in Astana for an official visit.



After an official welcome ceremony, which was held in the Presidential Palace Akorda, Nursultan Nazarbaev and Vladimir Putin discussed a variety of issues of bilateral collaboration during narrowed negotiations.

The sides noted the strategic nature of the partnership between Kazakhstan and Russia in the sphere of energy, determined areas of further actions and outlined ways of solving existing problems. Also issues of bilateral collaboration in many other areas were discussed, particularly, issues of joint projects in space and the peaceful use of atomic energy.

The Heads of State also exchanged views on activities of the regional multilateral structures that involve our countries.

Enlarged negotiations were held after that, at which major areas of interaction between the two countries were considered.

Particularly, issues of Kazakhstan’s possible joining to the pipeline project Burgas-Alexandroupolis, increasing transit capacities of the KTK pipeline, establishing a joint enterprise at the Orenburg gas processing plant were on the agenda.

Besides, the sides considered issues of exploiting the Baikonyr cosmodrome, social problems of residents of the town of Baikonyr and neighbor villages, opportunities for the space flight of kazakhstani astronauts in the Russian segment of the International space station. It was suggested to accelerate the joint work in the framework of the project of global navigation satellite system GLONASS.

Prospects of developing the transport-transit infrastructure of the two countries were discussed, including the possibility of building a water-transport junction between the Caspian Sea, Black Sea and Sea of Azov. The importance of holding the next Forum of governors from the border regions of Kazakhstan and Russia was underscored, and it has been agreed that the Forum will be held in autumn this year in the city of Novosibirsk.

In addition to the economic issues, the significance of the multifaceted development of cultural-humanitarian collaboration was emphasized, especially in the areas of education, medic care, and different scientific exchanges.

After completing the negotiations the Heads of State adopted the Plan of joint actions “Kazakhstan-Russia” for 2007-2008 that coordinates the policies of the two countries in different areas of collaboration. Also the sides signed intergovernmental agreements on establishing an international center for uranium enrichment and on opening representative trade offices.

It is necessary to underline the great meaning of the conducted negotiations and traditionally high degree of mutual understanding that are a demonstration of the high level of intergovernmental collaboration and strategic partnership, and also of the relations of trust existing between the Heads of State.

The Heads of State summarized the meeting’s outcomes and answered journalists’ questions at a joint press-conference.

- Kazakhstan and Russia have a long-standing and really successful experience of interaction. Therefore each meeting at the highest level brings new projects, agreements and creates new conditions to our dialogue and partnership. It is clear that joint the work in all areas that we have discussed today will have many advantages and will raise the competitiveness of our countries in international markets. I am sure that outcomes of this meeting will assist to the further development of the collaboration between Kazakhstan and Russia in all areas of our interaction according to the traditions of friendship, trust, good neighborhood, partnership and alliance, - the President of Kazakhstan noted.

The President of Russia underscored the key role of Kazakhstan and Russian in boosting economic collaboration, in integration processes and ensuring security in Central Asia.

- Our close collaboration is a key to peace, stability and dignified future of people in the region. I am sure that the Russian-Kazakhstani partnership will further serve as an excellent example of truly friendly relations between good neighbors and mutually beneficial integration in the post-soviet territory, - Vladimir Putin said.

This afternoon the Heads of State visited the Peace and Accord Palace, where the President of Russia acquired a familiarity with the general development plan of Astana, and laid flowers to the Monument of Fatherland defenders.

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