ASTANA, December 4. /TASS/. Coordination on foreign policy issues between Russia and Kazakhstan has reached an all-time high, Russian Ambassador to Astana Aleksey Borodavkin said at a reception at the diplomatic mission on the occasion of Unity Day and the 10th anniversary of the treaty between Russia and Kazakhstan on good-neighborliness and alliance in the 21st century.
"Over the past decade, our countries have done a great deal of work to deepen allied relations and integration ties as well as to give them a multilevel comprehensive dimension. The bilateral treaty framework has been significantly expanded, the Eurasian Economic Union has been established and is successfully functioning, and the collective security regime within the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) is being strengthened. Foreign policy coordination has been brought to an extraordinarily high level, also within the key regional and global multilateral forums and organizations," the ambassador said. According to him, the Treaty on Good-Neighborly Relations and Alliance in the 21st Century remains one of the fundamental elements of the interstate cooperation legal framework.
In turn, First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Roman Sklyar, also at the event, noted that an effective model of interstate relations that meet the interests of the two countries and peoples has been formed and is successfully functioning on the basis of the treaty. "The treaty retains its relevance and allows for actively developing cooperation in all spheres of life, as well as within the framework of regional and international organizations. In recent years, our countries have managed to build an impressive architecture of interstate relations, which is based on more than 300 treaties and agreements. A wide range of mechanisms of bilateral cooperation in almost all areas is successfully functioning," he emphasized.
The Treaty on Good-Neighborliness and Alliance in the 21st Century was signed on November 11, 2013 by Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev following the tenth anniversary of the Russia-Kazakhstan Interregional Forum in Yekaterinburg. The document enshrines the principles of long-term strategic partnership between Russia and Kazakhstan.