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Putin, Nazarbayev discussing cooperation, including space industry, integration processes

July 07, 2013, 15:55 UTC+3

The presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia are discussing bilateral cooperation at a summit in Astana on Sunday

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ASTANA, July 7 (Itar-Tass) - The presidents of Kazakhstan and Russia are discussing bilateral cooperation at a summit in Astana on Sunday. “Today I would like to discuss with you, debate the whole scope of issues, including the space activity,” Vladimir Putin said at a bilateral meeting with Nursultan Nazarbayev.

“Unfortunately, the events, which no one planned, occur sometimes. Certainly, there are some problems. We will solve them,” the Russian leader noted.

“Certainly, we will also discuss the basic treaty (on cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia - Itar-Tass). This is very important, and, certainly, we will use the today’s time to discuss the problems related with integration,” Putin said.

Russian President has congratulated his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev on his birthday and on the occasion of the Astana Day. The two presidents met on Sunday in the Kazakh capital Astana.

“Yesterday, you celebrated your birthday and the Day of the City [of Astana - Itar-Tass]. I would like to congratulate you on both of these occasions,” Putin said.

“You have done much for Kazakhstan, and I am sure you shall do much as well,” the Russian leader went on to say. He note that President Nazrbayev was the actural founder of Astana. “The Day of the City, I believe, is your holiday. I know you treat this city as your own child,” Putin noted.

The Kazakhs leader thanked his Russian counterpart for his warm words. “Thank you for finding time in you busy schedule to congratulate me and to speak about our affairs. It is really touching,” Nazarbayev said. “You have arrived here from the Universiade. It was a really very beautiful opening.”

Nursultan Nazarbayev hopes that at a forum of interregional cooperation between the border regions of Russia and Kazakhstan due in Yekaterinburg in October the countries may sign new documents on cooperation.

“The changes in the basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between our countries are prepared. Probably, we will be able to sign them in Yekaterinburg,” the Kazakh president said at a meeting with his visiting Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Vladimir Putin finds the Customs Union as “the largest step on the post-Soviet space towards integration.”

“We are feeling now that it is bringing some benefits, particularly this is important amid turbulent processes in the world economy,” the Russian president said at a meeting with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev.

“In many countries the problems are growing, and they do not avoid us. But after all the relations of integration allow smoothing over some sharp corners somehow in the world economy that affect us,” Vladimir Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Egypt is on the verge of civil war.

“Syria is already embraced by the civil war, no matter how sorrowfully this sounds, Egypt is moving in the same direction. I would like the Egyptian people to avoid this fate,” Vladimir Putin, who is currently on a working visit in Astana, said.

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