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As part of the trip, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin took part in a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Roman Sklyar.

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Marat Khusnullin paid a working visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan

On the Russian side, the meeting was also attended by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Government Elmir Tagirov, First Deputy Minister of Transport Andrei Kostyuk, Charge d’Affaires of Russia in the Republic of Kazakhstan Alexander Komarov and others. From the side of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the meeting was attended by the Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Beibut Atamkulov, Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Russia Nurzhan Kadzhiakbarov, Chairman of the MIIR Committee for Roads Tolegen Abdullin, Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Berik Kamaliev and others.

The agenda of the meeting included the implementation of projects to develop joint cooperation between the two states in accordance with an international agreement signed by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin during a meeting in Kazakhstan in August 2021.

Opening the meeting, Roman Sklyar noted the growth of interaction between the countries, while emphasizing the need to increase it in the future: “Our cooperation in the field of industry and transport is developing progressively, nevertheless there are a lot of issues that we must discuss with you, there are many unresolved issues , where we can provide each other with the necessary assistance, develop our relations to improve the quality of life of our citizens. ” He also expressed hope for a productive discussion of the issues on the agenda in the field of bilateral transport development.

In his presentation, Marat Khusnullin thanked the host country for the prompt positive response to the Russian initiative to hold this meeting and emphasized its importance against the background of the XVII Forum of Interregional Cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia, in which the presidents of the two countries, Vladimir Putin, took part in an online format. and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

During the meeting, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister discussed the development of transport infrastructure with his colleagues. First of all, they talked about the transport corridor Europe – Western China, the construction of which began in Russia.

“From our side, a 100% scope of work has been deployed. Development of a large-scale project, achievement of maximum road load, preferential logistics routes and maximum vehicle intensity is impossible without partnerships and the adoption of mutually beneficial decisions by all participants in the logistics chain, ”said Marat Khusnullin.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia said that the country is implementing large-scale projects for the construction of the M-12 highway (Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod – Kazan) with a length of 811 km, and also, in accordance with the decision of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the design of the Kazan – Yekaterinburg highway is underway (818 km) with an extension to Tyumen and Chelyabinsk.

“We plan to complete the construction and installation work on these sites in 2024,” Marat Khusnullin said. “At the same time, the M-11 highway (Moscow – St. Petersburg) and the Central ring road of the Moscow region have already been put into operation, providing an outlet for the international transport route Europe – Western China to Russian seaports in the Baltic.”

The meeting participants discussed the issue of prospective road traffic and the distribution of transport and transit flows from China to Kazakhstan and Russia, and then to the European Union and other European countries. There were also plans for road works in a four-lane configuration in both directions along the entire Europe-Western China transport corridor, including plans for the construction of road infrastructure facilities in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Marat Khusnullin said that within the framework of the second stage of development of the EZK international corridor, the possibility of implementing the Meridian project, focused on international transit cargo transportation from the border with the Republic of Kazakhstan to the border with the Republic of Belarus, is being considered.

“This project will ensure the direction of cargo traffic through the key checkpoints on the Russian-Kazakh state border – Mashtakovo and Sagarchin. At the same time, it is important to ensure seamless logistics not only in this section, but also on the border with the People’s Republic of China, including in terms of the exchange of permits for the passage of freight vehicles registered in the territories of the countries passing the route, along its entire length, “said the Russian Deputy Prime Minister.

At the initiative of Marat Khusnullin, during the meeting, it was decided to prepare end-to-end “road maps” for the development of international routes from the border with China through Kazakhstan to the checkpoints Sagarchin and Mashtakovo and further through the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as jointly contact the Chinese side to discuss plans development and traffic planning.

The meeting participants noted the need to take joint measures to increase throughput and reduce waiting times at the Sagarchin and Mashtakovo checkpoints both from Russia and from Kazakhstan. Speaking about the modernization of checkpoints on the Russian-Kazakh state border, Marat Khusnullin said that the Russian Federation has provided for appropriate measures for implementation in 2023 and 2024 at three checkpoints: the reconstruction of the Sagarchin BCP (Orenburg region) with the construction of a stationary inspection and inspection complex, and also the construction of similar complexes at DZhPP Isilkul (Omsk region) and Aksaraisky (Astrakhan region).

“I would like to note that Russia is increasing funding for the maintenance and operation of other automobile checkpoints: they will be brought into a standard state, equipped with additional equipment, major and current repairs have been carried out,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. He said that we are talking about the APP Ozinki (Saratov region), Mashtakovo, Ilek (Orenburg region), Karauzek (Astrakhan region) and Bugristoe (Chelyabinsk region).

The parties also discussed the implementation of the decisions of June 1, 2021 following the meeting of representatives of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan in Moscow. It was about the directions of integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation in the field of technical regulation in construction in terms of unification of building codes. The parties fixed the relevant areas, namely: convergence of technical regulation systems, development and mutual recognition of building codes, development of uniform approaches to conformity assessment procedures and qualification requirements for service market participants, as well as the development of technical regulation and standardization in the building materials and products industry.

In addition, the meeting participants discussed the development of a joint route network of railway infrastructure, exchanged experience in using mortgage lending mechanisms, and also raised the issue of organizing international road transport of goods to and from China through the Russian-Kazakh section of the state border in conditions of coronavirus infection.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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