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The Treaty on Good-neighbourly and Allied Relations in the 21st Century was signed by the leaders of the two states in 2013, in the framework of the tenth forum of interregional cooperation in Russia’s Urals city of Yekaterinburg. The treaty is meant to be a basic document regulating cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia.Kazakhstan’s foreign ministry said that the development of comprehensive cooperation with Russia met Kazakhstan’s long-term strategic interests. “Kazakhstan considers Russia as its key political and economic partners in the Eurasian space,” Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov said at a meeting of the Kazakh parliament’s upper house.
The treaty provides for the development of bilateral political dialogue between Kazakhstan and Russia geared at promoting peace, stability and security in the region. Apart from that, the document outlines a further vector for the development of bilateral trade and economic relations, forming transport corridors, proper use of water resources and environment protection, cooperation in the defense and military technical sectors, and in the area of cultural and humanitarian cooperation, the Kazakh foreign minister noted.