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ASTANA, October 9. /TASS/. Kazakhstan and Ukraine, despite problems, find options to continue cooperation, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Friday during a meeting with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko.
"Now that the trade turnover has slump for obvious reasons, the energy prices are down, the existing sanctions and the problems of conflicts, still despite of all that we find mutual understanding and options to continue our cooperation," Kazakhstan’s president said.
Kazakhstan’s presidential press service said during the meeting the presidents discussed several issues, including the situation in Ukraine’s south-east.
"The leaders exchanged opinions on the current issues of the international agenda, including the situation in Ukraine’s south-east and implementation of the Minsk agreements," the press service said. "Poroshenko appreciated the efforts of the Kazakh president to support peace in Ukraine."
The presidents also discussed ways to develop cooperation in the trade and economic sphere, in the coal, transport, logistics and agricultural sectors.
Nazarbayev expressed hope the Kazakhstan-Ukraine business forum, which takes place in Astana on Friday, "will favor greatly the cooperation between our businesses and continuation of our relations."
Poroshenko is in Kazakhstan on a two-day visit. On Thursday, he had a meeting with Prime Minister Karim Masimov, where the countries discussed further development of cooperation in trade, energy and agriculture.