Russian Defense Minister Arrives in Kazakhstan for Talks

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Kazakhstan on Tuesday to discuss military and technical cooperation with his Kazakh counterpart Imangali Tasmagambetov, the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

Russian Defense Minister Arrives in Kazakhstan for TalksEarlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that Russia is monitoring and analyzing recent emergency situations in neighboring countries and additional measures have been introduced to ensure own border security.

While Russia and Kazakhstan have close bilateral ties, both countries are also members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military bloc of former Soviet states, which also comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

“During the meeting with Kazakh Defense Minister Imangali Tasmagambetov Sergei Shoigu will discuss topical issues of military and technical cooperation as part of strategic partnership between the two countries,” Konashenkov told journalists.