22 May 2008
Today the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Astana on a state visit at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

From the airport Russian President went to the square and laid a wreath at the Monument to Motherland’ Defenders.

After official welcome ceremony in the Akorda Palace Nursultan Nazarbayev held a meeting with Dmitry Medvedev.

We highly appreciate the fact that you are paying you first visit abroad to Kazakhstan after your inauguration as President of Russia, Nursultan Nazarbayev said as he opened the meeting.  
This start indeed is a kind continuation of all that had been done by you and President Vladimir Putin over the previous years. I would like to thank you for this warm meeting. It is also very important and nice for me as a person who is paying his first official visit. All that I have seen today proves special trusting relations between our countries, Russian President said.

Then the expanded talks with members of the official delegations where the sides discussed the state and prospects for bilateral cooperation in political, trade, economical, cultural, and humanitarian spheres took place.

The parties expressed satisfaction with dynamic development of trade and economic cooperation. In 2007 the turnover accounted for 16.3 billion $dollars and increased up to 27% compared to 2006. The positive tendency is being kept this year as well.

Kazakhstani-Russian cooperation in the energy sector is of strategic importance. Through Russian pipelines system more than 60 million tones of Kazakhstani oil haven been piped to the foreign countries in 2007. At the same time it is scheduled to export through Atasu-Alashankou pipeline up to 5 million tones of Russian oil to China in 2008.

Kazakhstan and Russia in bilateral formats have agreed on the issue on division of Caspian shelf, are the major shareholders of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium, and are developing “Kurmangazy”, “Zhentralnaya” and “Khvanynskoye” oilfields. Due to the increase of output and export of Kazakhstani gas cooperation in gas processing in Russia and use of Russian transport infrastructure for its export is actively developing.

In October 2006 it had been agreed on gas processing from Karachaganak oilfield in Russia by the way of establishing and expansion of a joint venture at the Orenburg gas processing plant. Joint ventures in the field of peaceful use of nuclear power have been established. The parties discussed issues on joint cooperation in exploration and transportation of oil and gas and establishment of petrochemical ventures. At the talks importance was given to the issues on the use of the Baikonur cosmodrome and the joint development of space.

In 2006 the first Kazakhstan’s communications and broadcast satellite, KAZSAT, had been launched. Production of a series of satellites, KAZSAT, new modern space rocket complex, Baiterek, elaboration of the project for Global Satellite Navigation (GLONASS), training of domestic cosmonauts are being also carrying out.

Cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia in transport and transit sphere is developing well. In particular, work on the route that will unite Western Europe and Western China via the territory of Kazakhstan and Russia is being done by the experts. The implementation of this project will allow integrating our countries to the global transportation system and increasing benefits from transit.

Cooperation in water transport has good prospects. Aktau-Astrakhan, Aktau-Makhachkala ferry line has been launched. The transportation turnover of goods and passengers by the Kazakhstani and Russian boats has been increased in the Irtysh River Basin.

The parties also discussed issues on cooperation with neighboring countries. It was noted that regular forum of the leaders of the border regions is scheduled to hold in autumn, in Kostanai.

In order to deepen economic cooperation President Nursultan Nazarbayev suggested drawing up a long-term agreement on economic cooperation and integration between the two counties.

Nursultan Nazarbayev invited Dmitry Medvedev to take part in the celebrations devoted to the 10th anniversary of Astana. The invitation has been accepted.  
The parties exchanged views on global and regional issues which are of mutual interest. It was emphasized the need of further interaction within the framework of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), EurAsEC (Eurasian Economic Community) and CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization). The parties underscored sharing close positions on key international issues and aspiration to develop cooperation in foreign policy within the framework of the UN, OSCE, SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), CICA (Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia) and other such international organizations and forums.

Following the talks Nursultan Nazarbayev and Dmitry Medvedev signed a Joint Statement which outcomes results of the visit. Among the documents signed within the framework of the state visit of the Russian President were intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in space exploration and the use of Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS)and intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in space exploration in peace.

Intergovernmental agreements on transferring the building to the address: 3 Chistoprudnyi Boulevard, Moscow city to the possession of the Republic of Kazakhstan; on cooperation between “The National Innovation Fund” Joint Stock Company and “The Russian Corporation of Nanotechnology” State Corporation, on intention on granting a long-term credit line between “Kazakhstan Development Bank” Joint Stock Company and “Bank for Development and Foreign Activities” State Corporation were also signed in the presence of heads of state.

After the talks heads of the state gave a joint press conference.

I consider current Kazakhstani-Russian relations as the most successful and efficient model of bilateral cooperation in the entire post-Soviet space. Vladimir Putin and I had meetings regularly and we were quick to settle any issues that arose. There were no problems that could not be resolved through frank and open dialogue and consideration for our countries’ and peoples’ mutual interests. The talks with Dmitry Anatoliyevich showed that this positive spirit is being remained today and the tradition of close and trusting relations between leaders of Kazakhstan and Russia will continue. This continuity of such policy will benefit both our countries and peoples, Nursultan Nazarbayev said at a press-conference.

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