ASTANA, October 14. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin arrived in Astana on a state visit. In the next two days in Kazakhstan to hold talks with the Russian President with the leader of the country Nursultan Nazarbayev, and then the summits of the CIS and the Supreme Eurasian economic Council (SEEC). Before that, on Wednesday, the President visited the construction site of the Eastern spaceport in the Amur region.
As told the Russian leader’s aide Yuri Ushakov, giving the status of a state visit “is intended to specifically demonstrate the high level of Russian-Kazakh cooperation”.
The last time the President of the Russian Federation made a state visit in December last year in Turkey.
Prior to the current visit of the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin was in Kazakhstan on a state visit twice: Boris Yeltsin on 12 October 1998 and Dmitry Medvedev – on may 22, 2008. Putin, who as President of Kazakhstan visited about two dozen times with the working and official visits, never been here on a visit of state.
Official program of state visit of the President of the Russian Federation is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, when will the Russian-Kazakh top-level talks. The upcoming meeting of Putin and Nazarbayev will be already the 13th in a row in 2015. As for the alleged topic of conversation between the two presidents, Ushakov did not exclude that they will discuss the situation in Ukraine given the fact that Kazakhstan last week was visited by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
Also in the spotlight two leaders will be topical issues of regional and international agenda, including Putin and Nazarbayev will share views on the interaction between Moscow and Astana in the framework of the Eurasian economic Union and discussed the situation in Syria.
Following the results of negotiations will be signed three documents, including an intergovernmental agreement on interaction procedure when carrying out missile launches from positional area Dombarovsky /Orenburg oblast/ – separating parts of missiles will fall on the territory of Kazakhstan, which Russia has leased the land.
According to the press service of the Kremlin, in January-June values of the Russian-Kazakh trade has decreased by 24%, mainly due to a change in exchange rate. However, the physical volume of trade fell 2.3%, while supplies from Russia to Kazakhstan increased by 9.8 per cent (imports from Kazakhstan decreased by 6.2%). In ruble terms the trading volume for the seven months increased by 23%.
Putin’s visit to Kazakhstan will continue on October 16 when in the resort village of Burabay will pass the summits of heads of States of the CIS and the Supreme Eurasian economic Council. On the sidelines of these events is not excluded separate bilateral meetings, including Putin’s conversation with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, re-elected in the elections of October 11.