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ASTANA, February 14 (Itar-Tass) — The speaker of the Kazakh parliament’s lower house Mazhilis, Nurlan Nigmatulin, and the Russian ambassador Mikhail Bocharnikov have discussed the intensification of parliamentary ties.
According to the Mazhilis’ press service, Bocharnikov “hopes that further development of the interprliamentary dialogue will strengthen cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia in all spheres.”
The new Mazhils, formed after the early parliamentary elections in January, has already set up a group for cooperation with Russia’s parliament and the inter-house commission for cooperation between Mazhilis and the State Duma.
Nigmatulin and Bocharnikov also discussed interaction within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO). According to Nigmatulin, the Mazhilis will soon consider the ratification of agreements concluded within the CSTO framework.
“They pointed to the strategic character of the Kazakh-Russian relations and the key role the presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia play in them,” the press service said.