ST. PETERSBURG, June 17. /TASS/. Russia and Kazakhstan have allied, fraternal relations and spoiling them is nonsense, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday.
"I would like to stress that we have always respected the sovereignization processes that took place in the post-Soviet space. We have allied relations with Kazakhstan. One might say, fraternal ones. We are members of the same defense bloc - the CSTO. Also, we are members of the same economic organization. Will it ever occur to anybody in Russia to spoil relations with Kazakhstan on any issues? This is nonsense. We are interested in strengthening such relations," Putin said.
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