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The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council’s meeting.

Excerpts from the transcript:

Alikhan Smailov: Mr. Mishustin, Nur-Sultan welcome committee, Kazakhstan.

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Mikhail Mishustin’s meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov

We are grateful to you for personally attending this meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. Interaction between our countries is developing in compliance with the spirit and principles of the Agreement on Good-Neighbourliness and Alliance in the 21st Century. Active political dialogue between President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin is the key to the rapid growth of our cooperation in all areas.

The priorities of our bilateral cooperation were set out during a recent meeting of our presidents in Moscow on 10 February.

This year we will mark 30 years of diplomatic relations. Over that period of time, we have developed a stable, trust-based and constructive dialogue and have attained a high level of interaction.

We are grateful for your words of support and condolences over the tragedy in Almaty. I would like to thank our Russian friends and colleagues and all our CSTO allies for their support and prompt assistance.

The Russian Federation is the main trade and economic partner of Kazakhstan. In 2021, our trade increased by 29 percent.

Russian companies are among the top five investors in Kazakhstan. Russia is also the undisputed leader among companies with foreign capital in Kazakhstan. Companies with Russian capital account for over 30 percent.

We can see positive changes in our industrial cooperation. We are implementing eight major projects worth approximately $2.6 billion and another 12 projects worth $1.4 billion are on the table.

We are promoting our partnership in the implementation of oil and gas conversion projects. KazMunayGas and Tatneft are building up cooperation in this sphere. They have signed an agreement on the joint production of butadiene and butadiene rubbers. Another Russian investor, Sibur, has been attracted to the construction of plants to produce polyethylene and polypropylene.

We are also promoting cooperation in agroindustry. Last year, bilateral trade in this sector grew by 32 percent. But there is great untapped potential in this area. More efforts should be made to build up mutual trade, improve its structure and expand the product range. We invite the Russian agribusiness to cooperate more closely with us. For our part, we are ready to create the most favorable conditions for this.

Mr Mishustin, I am sure that the rate at which Russia-Kazakhstan cooperation has been developing will continue to grow in all areas. The Government of Kazakhstan is ready to provide all-round support to this.

Mr Mishustin, you have the floor.

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