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MOSCOW, December 24, /ITAR-TASS/. Russian and Kazakhstan signed a number of bilateral documents on the sidelines of a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on Tuesday.
Thus, Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan signed an agreement on military technical cooperation between the two countries.
Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak and Kazakhstan’s Minister of Oil and Gas Uzakbai Karabalin inked an agreements on Russia oil supplies to China and Kazakhstan, including an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the area of transportation of Russia oil to China via Kazakhstan, a protocol on amending the Russian-Kazakh intergovernmental agreement of June 7, 2002, and a protocol on amending the intergovernmental agreement on trade and economic cooperation in the area of supplies of oil and oil products to Kazakhstan of December 9, 2010.
Apart from that, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev signed a roadmap on the joint use of the Baikonur space centre in 2014-2016. The document was signed in the presence of the two presidents.
According to earlier reports, Russia’s oil major Rosneft and Kazakhstan’s Kazmunaigaz and Kaztransoil signed a preliminary agreement on oil pumping via Kazakhstan back in November. Rosneft undertook to pump seven million tonnes of oil a year to China starting from 2014, Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin told journalists back then. Oil will be pumped from Kazakhstan via the Atasu-Alashankou oil pipeline linking Kazakhstan and China. China is interested in the Kazakh route, since its CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation) is a 50-percent owner of the Atasu-Alashankou oil pipeline which is not operated to its full capacity.