Russia, Kazakhstan pooling potentials to counteract global crisis

21 May 2009. Itar-Tass

Russia and Kazakhstan have opted for pooling their potentials to rebuff the aftermath of the global economic crisis, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday as he addressed reporters after the inter-governmental talks with Kazakhstani officials.

In the course of negotiations, the sides agreed again to step up efforts towards fulfilling the entire set of measures featured in the Russian-Kazakhstani Plan of Joint Action in 2009 and 2010.

“The case in hand is joint research in the field of space exploration, as well as cooperation in the energy and fuel sector, natural gas production and power-generating industry, civilian atomic energy, and defence-related technologies,” Putin said.

“Kazakhstan is a key economic partner for Russia,” he said, recalling that bilateral trade increased 19% in 2008 versus the previous year and stood at 19.7 billion U.S. dollars.

Russian companies’ accumulated investment in the Kazakhstani economy stands at 7 billion U.S. dollars.

“We’ll continue creating favorable conditions for mutually beneficial cooperation and implementation of large-scale joint projects,” Putin said.

He also said, collective steps to counteract terrorism and drugs threats and to resolve pressing regional and international problems were discussed.

“Next year opens up broad opportunities in this sense, as Russia will have a rotating presidency in the Commonwealth of Independent States, while Kazakhstan will take up the chairing functions in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe,” Putin said.

The current meeting in Astana marked one more tangible step towards the expansion of strategic partnership between the two countries, he added.

Moscow, Astana to step up space, energy, military cooperation – Putin

Astana. May 22. Interfax

Russia and Kazakhstan are planning to step up joint efforts in the space research and their energy and military-technical cooperation, said Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

In the current uneasy conditions, Russia and Kazakhstan have chosen the path of joining their potentials to counter the negative effects of the global financial and economic crisis, Putin told a press conference after the Russian-Kazakh talks.

One of the key topics on the agenda is the formation of the Customs Union between Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, he said. “We believe that we must employ the integration benefits and potentials to the utmost in order to increase our joint investment and trade projects,” Putin said.

“We are planning to step up our efforts to implement the whole set of measures set out in the Russia-Kazakhstan joint action plan for 2009-2010,” said the Russian prime minister.

“These include joint space research and exploration, cooperation in the fuel and energy sector, gas industry, power industry, peaceful uses of nuclear energy and military-technical cooperation,” Putin said.

Russia, Kazakhstan sign six intergovernmental documents on cooperation

Astana. May 22. Interfax

Following the results of Russian-Kazakh talks in Astana six documents were signed in the presence of prime ministers of Russia and Kazakhstan, Vladimir Putin and Karim Masimov respectively.

First deputies of heads of governments of Russia and Kazakhstan, Igor Shuvalov and Umirzak Shukeyev, signed an intergovernmental memorandum on issues of establishing a customs union.

Moreover, several documents on Baikonur spaceport were also signed. Head of Roskosmos, Anatoly Perminov, and the chairman of the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan, Talgat Musabayev, signed an intergovernmental agreement on the procedure of visiting the spaceport.

Moreover, Perminov and the chairman of Kazakhstan’s National Bank, Grigory Marchenko, signed a protocol on introduction of amendments and additions to the agreement between Russia and Kazakhstan on the status of Baikonur city, as well as formation procedure and status of its executive authorities dated December 23, 1995.

Russian and Kazakh Ministers of Transport, Igor Levitin and Abelgazi Kusainov, signed a protocol on introduction of amendments and additions to the agreement between Russia and Kazakhstan on peculiarities of legal regulation of activities of railway enterprises, institutions and organizations dated October 18, 1996.

Moreover, heads of JSC RZD (Russian Railways) and JSC NC KTZh (Kazakhstan Temir Zholy) signed an agreement on joint cooperation in terminal handling of cargo, as well as a memorandum on cooperation in establishing tariff conditions for freight and railway transportations.