Putin will visit Kazakhstan and hold talks with Nazarbayev

Putin will visit Kazakhstan and hold talks with Nazarbayev

Russia and Kazakhstan are considering the possibility of creating joint enterprises in the metallurgical, mining, chemical, light, woodworking, engineering and medical industries.

MOSCOW, 15 Oct. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin will visit Astana for a state visit and will hold talks with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, during which will be touched upon Ukraine and Syria. According to the results, expected to be signed three documents, including on the delimitation of the Northern part of the Caspian sea, regulating the issues of joint development of oil-bearing structure “Central”.

The Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov stressed that the state visit of the Russian leader “specifically designed to demonstrate the high level of Russian-Kazakh cooperation and the visit is at the invitation of President Nazarbayev”. The talks will be held in narrow and expanded format, after which the leaders will participate in the signing of joint documents and make a statement to the press. This will be the thirteenth meeting between the two leaders this year.

On Friday, Putin will take part in session of Council of CIS heads of state during the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian economic Council, which will be held in Kazakhstan in the settlement of Burabai. As reported to journalists the press-Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, in Kazakhstan Putin also plans to meet with the head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to discuss all topics of mutual interest. It is also possible that the topic of discussion will be the creation of a Russian aviation base in Belarus. Lukashenka himself said that he intends to discuss with Putin the same question, he also expressed the interest of Belarus to Russia “reinforced” system of defence of the Union state border missile weapons.

The talks between the presidents

Putin and Nazarbayev are expected to discuss a number of topical issues of regional and international agenda, in particular, will exchange opinions about the interaction between Moscow and Astana in the framework of the Eurasian economic Union, and also touched upon the situation in Syria and Ukraine.

“On October 8-9, Kazakhstan was visited by the President of Ukraine Poroshenko, and assume that the Russian and Kazakh leaders on the Ukrainian story will also have the opportunity to talk with each other”, — said Ushakov reporters.

Special attention will be paid to expanding trade and economic cooperation.

The Russian delegation includes first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, Minister of energy Alexander Novak, Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov, Minister of economic development Alexey Ulyukaev, Russian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Mikhail Bocharnikov, Deputy defense Minister Yuri Borisov, the head of Rosatom Sergey Kirienko.

Documents to be signed

“It is the signing of joint documents following the talks. Three papers prepared and will be signed. The first is the Protocol on amending the Protocol to the agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan on delimiting the Northern part of the Caspian sea”, — said Ushakov reporters.

According to him, the document regulates the issues of joint development of oil-bearing structure “Central” and will be signed by the heads of state personally.

Also, according to him, is preparing to sign an intergovernmental agreement on order of interaction in the conduct of missile launches from positional area Dombarovsky Orenburg region with the use of the land plot on the territory of Kazakhstan in the area of falling of separating parts of them. Ushakov explained that this document will contribute to the implementation of a number of promising programs of cooperation on space and will allow for future launch vehicles research and training and space applications.

Rent to Kazakhstan for the provision of land is 460 thousand dollars, he added, stressing that the Russian Federation will comply with the relevant environmental requirements.

The third document preparing for signing an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in aviation search and rescue, said Ushakov.

“This agreement provides for the establishment of aviation search and rescue services, which will carry out round the clock. The document also regulates the interaction between the relevant services of Russia and Kazakhstan in case of an accident,” — said Ushakov.

Bilateral relations

Bilateral turnover by the end of 2014, decreased by 10,5% and amounted to 21.1 billion dollars (reduction in bilateral trade is explained by the fact that in 2014 its total does not include transit of the Russian hydrocarbon supplies to China via Kazakhstan). In January-June values of bilateral trade 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 seven months of 2015 increased by 23% (537,9 billion rubles).

The inflow of Russian direct investment in Kazakhstan for the period 2005-2014 was 9.1 billion dollars, and Kazakhstan to Russia — $ 2.9 billion. Russian companies are represented in all sectors of the Kazakh economy. Among them — “Gazprom”, “LUKOIL”, “RUSAL” and “Mechel”, “inter RAO UES”, “AVTOVAZ”, “KAMAZ”, “Sberbank”.

A significant portion of trade and economic cooperation account for the fuel and energy sector. Mutual energy supplies. Russia is the main transit of Kazakh oil to foreign markets.

In the gas sector, the interaction is carried out in the framework of long-term intergovernmental agreement of 28 November 2001, Since 2002 the joint venture “KazRosGas” gas supplies from the Karachaganak field at the Orenburg gas processing plant.

Expanded cooperation in high-tech industries, in particular in the nuclear industry. Since 2002, a project for cooperation in joint production of uranium in Kazakhstan. In accordance with the presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan in St. Petersburg in January 2006 joint statement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy was originally prepared a schedule of action for the integration of enterprises of nuclear-industrial complexes of two countries. On its basis the Complex program of cooperation in the field of use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

In accordance with the bilateral intergovernmental agreement of 10 may 2007 on the territory of Russia is established and functioning international center for uranium enrichment. Finalized intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the construction of a nuclear power plant of Russian design in the territory of Kazakhstan.

Russia leases located in Kazakhstan, the Baikonur complex. In 2004, the term of the lease was extended to 2050.

Russia and Kazakhstan are considering the possibility of creating joint enterprises in the metallurgical, mining, chemical, light, woodworking, engineering and medical industries with the subsequent exit on the markets of third countries. The work on the project of forming Russian-Kazakh nanotechnology Fund, and also on creation in Kazakhstan of joint-building facilities, joint ventures for the Assembly of Ka-226T and the construction in Ust-Kamenogorsk plant of a full cycle of car production.

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