International integration

What did Presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia discuss in Moscow?

Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the framework of his first official visit to Russia.
Nur-Sultan04 April , 08:56

After the official welcoming ceremony, the Heads of State held talks in narrow and expanded formats, the press service of Akorda informed.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev thanked Vladimir Putin for his congratulations and good wishes on assuming the office of the President of Kazakhstan and noted the symbolism of his first foreign visit to the Russian Federation.

The Head of State stressed that modern interaction between Kazakhstan and Russia is a reference and serves as a vivid example of relations for many.

“As the Head of Kazakhstan, I intend to ensure the continuity of the policy of First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Yelbasy Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev, and also to continue the work on the comprehensive and active development of Kazakhstan-Russian cooperation”, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said.

The President of Kazakhstan dwelt separately on the issues of economic partnership between the two countries, especially in energy, transport, transit, industry and space spheres.

“Russia remains the number one partner in the foreign trade of Kazakhstan, its share in the trade turnover of Kazakhstan is 19 percent. Investment cooperation is progressively developing. More than 9 thousand enterprises with the participation of Russian capital carry out successful activities in Kazakhstan”, the Head of State emphasized.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also stressed the symbolism of the first visit of Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to Russia as the Head of State and noted the high level of Kazakhstan-Russian ties.

“You are aware of the level of our relations and you have done a lot for this. In many ways, this, of course, is the merit of First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Of course, we are not just partners, we are the closest allies both through international organizations and bilaterally. Our relations are developing very effectively, we are achieving serious and noticeable results that affect the standard of living of our peoples. I am sure that your visit today will strengthen our multi-faceted bilateral allied relations”, Vladimir Putin stated.

During the meeting, the Heads of State also discussed issues of interstate cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian sphere, and also exchanged views on topical issues of the regional and international agenda.

Presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia issued joint statement

Noting with satisfaction the steady positive dynamics of the political, trade-economic, defense and military-technical, cultural and humanitarian interaction between the two countries, reaffirming the continuous commitment to the principles and obligations laid down in the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation dated May 25, 1992, the Declaration on Eternal Friendship and Alliance in the 21st Century between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation dated July 6, 1998, and the Treaty on Neighborhood and Alliance in the 21st Century between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation dated November 11, 2013, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the President of the Russian Federation make the following statement:

The Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation are developing allied relations and integration cooperation as equal and sovereign states on the basis of mutual trust, strategic partnership and comprehensive collaboration, being guided by the principles of mutual respect for state sovereignty and independence, equality and non-interference in internal affairs, non-use of force or threat by force, territorial integrity of states, inviolability of borders, peaceful settlement of disputes, fulfillment of international obligations in good faith, protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Kazakh-Russian relations are based on deep historical and spiritual ties between the peoples of our countries. They meet the national interests of both countries, facilitate settlement of the problems of raising the well-being and quality of life of their citizens, sustainable socio-economic development, enhancing the competitiveness of national economies on the basis of the widespread introduction of innovative technologies, wise utilization of manpower resources, and more complete development of human potential. This makes it possible for Russia and Kazakhstan to fully strengthen their positions amid globalization, to promote the enhancement of security and stability in the Eurasian space and throughout the world.

Recognizing the significance of meaningful and open political dialogue for the dynamic development of relations between the two states, the presidents stand for the further expansion of trust-based and constructive contacts at the top, high and other levels.

Assessing the potential of interregional and cross-border cooperation between the two countries, the presidents spoke in favor of the expansion of multi-faceted economic and humanitarian relations between the administrative-territorial units of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the subjects of the Russian Federation, creating the conditions needed for developing and strengthening direct ties between the economic entities concerned.

The annual forums of interregional cooperation of Kazakhstan and Russia with the participation of the heads of state and their meetings with the business communities of our countries have been recognized as an effective mechanism for enhancing bilateral cooperation. We have agreed to hold the next XVI Forum in late 2019.

Regular contacts through the legislative and executive authorities facilitate the strengthening of Kazakhstan-Russia interaction.

The Parties will continue cooperation in the framework of the Russia-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission on the Baikonur Complex, including the implementation of the joint project for the creation of the Baiterek Rocket and Space Complex.

The Parties emphasize the progressive development of cooperation characterized by the striving for efficient utilization of the EAEU potential, reaffirm the importance of implementing the key provisions and principles of the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union dated May 29, 2014.

Our countries intend to encourage the development of direct ties between educational and scientific organizations, including the implementation of joint educational and scientific-technical programs and projects, to create favorable conditions in the field of training scientific and pedagogical personnel, to intensify the exchange of professors and students.

Each of the Parties reaffirmed its intention to enhance close cooperation for the preservation and development of the ethnic, linguistic, cultural and religious identity of the peoples of the other Party living within its territory, to create conditions for the active involvement of their representatives in the socio-political, cultural, and socio-economic life in line with legislation of the Parties.

Kazakhstan and Russia closely interact in strengthening peace, international stability and regional security, make concerted effort within the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and other organizations institutions, supporting each other in participating or joining those international organizations and regimes, a member of which is one of the Parties.

Nur-Sultan and Moscow take common stances in the fight against terrorism and extremism, against violent manifestations of religious intolerance, xenophobia, nationalism, and Neo-Nazism, against cross-border organized crime, illicit trafficking in weapons, narcotic drugs and their precursors, and against other new challenges and threats.

Kazakhstan and Russia shall not allow for any attempts to falsify, rewrite, or defame our common history, which is the most crucial foundation of our allied relations, above all, the history of the Second World War.

On the political track, the presidents decided to continue, as part of the Astana process, efforts to peacefully resolve the Syrian conflict upon the unconditional observance of the generally accepted principles and norms of international law.

The Parties will take joint measures aimed at forming, within the Collective Security Treaty Organization, an effective system for ensuring collective security and responding to crisis situations.

The Presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia reaffirm their intention to ensure the effective implementation of the agreements reached for the further intensification of the allied and strategic partnership between the two states, promotion of sustainable development of them and enhance their standing in the international arena.

The Heads of State underlined that the fruitful negotiations held and the bilateral documents signed during the visit will facilitate the ongoing development of traditionally friendly, equal relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation, as well as fraternal and good-neighborly ties between the peoples of both countries.

Media briefing

The President of Kazakhstan took part in a briefing for media representatives on the results of talks with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Speaking to journalists, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev noted the symbolism of his first visit as the President of Kazakhstan to the Russian Federation and stressed the special nature of relations between the two countries.

“Let me express my gratitude to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin for the invitation to visit Moscow on an official visit, as well as gratitude to our Russian friends for the warm hospitality and warm welcome. The visit reflects a mutual desire for the further development of alliance and the strengthening of friendly relations between the peoples of Kazakhstan and Russia”, the Head of State noted.

The following documents were adopted and signed:

1. Joint Statement by President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and President of Russia Vladimir Putin;

2. Program of joint action in the field of Russian-Kazakhstan industrial cooperation;

3. Agreement between the Governments of Kazakhstan and Russia on gas supply to the Baikonur complex;

4. Bilateral cooperation plan between the Ministry of Digital Development, Defense and Aerospace Industry of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation in the field of scientific and technical cooperation of enterprises.

Photo: Bauyrzhan Zhuasbayev and Akorda’s press service