Russian, Kazakh presidents to discuss economic issues

March 17. Itar-Tass. MOSCOW

Russian, Kazakh presidents to discuss economic issuesThe presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan, Dmitry Medvedev and Nursultan Nazarbayev, will meet on Thursday to discuss economic cooperation between the two countries, including fuel and energy sector, and urgent regional problems.

Nursultan Nazarbayev arrived in Moscow for a visit in the run-up to the snap presidential election scheduled for April 3. Three other candidates will run for president alongside with Nazarbayev who’s been in office since 1990.

The Russian and Kazakh presidents will meet in the Gorki residence near Moscow.

“During the meeting the presidents will exchange views on urgent issues of trade and economic cooperation, including fuel and energy sector, interaction in space research and prospects for expanding inter-regional and border ties,” the Kremlin press service told Itar-Tass.

“During the talks the presidents are expected to discuss questions related to the formation of the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. They will outline further steps to create the Common Economic Space of the three countries, which is to be launched on January 1, 2012. The two leaders will focus on development of other integration associations operating in the post-Soviet territory such as the CIS, the EurAsEC and the CSTO and on coordination of actions at the United Nations and the SCO,” the Kremlin press service went on to say.

“The presidents are expected to exchange views on urgent international issues, including the situation in Northern Africa, Japan and the Central Asian region,” the Kremlin source went on to say.

The Kremlin believes that a regular summit will contribute to further deepening of trust-based strategic partnership, friendship and good-neighbourly relations between Russia and Kazakhstan. The summit will continue an intensive political dialogue between the two countries that reflects high level of bilateral interaction. Medvedev and Nazarbayev met 11 times in 2010.

Russia is a key partner for Kazakhstan. According to the Federal Customs Service, trade turnover between the two countries increased almost by 54% to exceed 15 billion dollars by 2010 compared to 2009. Russian exports have increased by almost 50% to reach 11 billion dollars while imports from Kazakhstan have gone up by 63% to reach 4.5 billion dollars. Inter-regional and border trade accounts for around 70% of the trade volume.

The Russian-Kazakh Inter-governmental commission for cooperation was founded in 1997. It’s going to hold a regular 14th meeting in Moscow on November 26, 2010.

Russia and Kazakhstan cooperate in culture, science, education and sport.

A program of cooperation in humanitarian sphere for 2007-2010 has been implemented.


Kazakhstan, Russia abandon custom checkpoints from July 1

Mar 17. The Voice of Russia

On July 1, Kazakhstan and Russia will remove custom check points from their borders, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Thursday.

At the meeting with the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at Gorky in the Moscow region, Nazarbayev stressed that Kazakhstan’s southern borders with Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan will be securely closed.

In his turn, the Russian president spoke for further integration between the two countries.

Medvedev said that 2010 was a successful year for the establishment of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and the Eurasian Economic Community.