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Russia, Kyrgyzstan to expand defense cooperation — statement

March 01, 2017, 1:10 UTC+3 BISHKEK

A joint statement was signed by the leaders of the two states

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BISHKEK, February 28. /TASS/. Kyrgyzstan and Russia plan to expand cooperation in the defense and military technical spheres, according to a joint statement the two presidents, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan, signed on Tuesday after Putin’s visit in that country.

According to the document, the agreement on closer relations in the defense sphere was reached "in the interests of maintaining regional and global stability." "The heads of state confirmed the importance of further expansion of cooperation in rebuffing terrorism and extremism, various forms of transnational organized crime, in fighting corruption and illegal trafficking of drugs, psychotropic substances and weapons, and crimes in respect of cultural values, as well as the necessity to carry out joint measures to ensure information security," the document said.

The two leaders expressed confidence that the potential of the Eurasian Economic Union will promote "economic growth, including through support to the agricultural sector, logistics infrastructure and the processing sector."

"The sides will continue to expand mutually beneficial integration cooperation in the trade-and-economic, investment and scientific-and-technological spheres in order to reach a qualitatively new level of production and research cooperation, direct contacts between economic entities of all forms of ownership," the statement said.

Apart from that, Putin and Atambayev agreed on cooperation in environment protection and closer cooperation in that area "with participation of the International Atomic Energy Agency and other sectoral international organizations." "The Russian side in the person of the state nuclear corporation Rosatom will continue to help the Kyrgyz side in what concerns reclamation of uranium production facilities," the statement said.

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