MOSCOW – Russia and Kazakhstan pledged on Monday to strengthen bilateral cooperation and to bolster integration processes within the Eurasian Economic Union, of which both countries are members.
“Our meeting today and the further interaction of our ministries will strengthen Kazakh-Russian cooperation and will give new impetus to our friendly relations,” Kazakh Foreign Minister Beibut Atamkulov told a joint press conference following talks with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
Russia’s top diplomat said that during his meeting with Atamkulov the two men discussed at length ways to make the EEU political and economic union stronger.
Russia and Kazakhstan agree that “the exploitation of the great potential of Eurasian integration is bound to increase the competitiveness of the participating countries and the welfare of their citizens,” Lavrov said.
Atamkulov, who was on his first official visit to Moscow since he was appointed foreign minister last month, announced that the next EEU summit would be held in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on May 29.
The EEU is made up of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.