Putin in Kazakhstan: Space, Energy and Nuclear
May 10, 2007 • 2:00PM

May 10 (EIRNS) Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev met today in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, to discuss the "Plan for the Joint Actions of Russia and Kazakhstan" for 2007-08, Itar Tass and Novosti reported. This is their second meeting already this year. Nazarbayev announced that the Action Plan "concerns nuclear power, energy, regional and humanitarian cooperation." Nazarbayev told Putin that "oil and gas cooperation [with Russia] is strategically important, specifically in transporting Kazakh oil to global markets, using Russian trunk pipelines and joint refineries. Kazakhstan is committed to transporting most of its oil, if not all of it, across Russian territory."

Putin called for Kazakh support for "an ambitious infrastructure project involving Kazakhstan-based assets," being built by Russian Aluminum, "the world's leading" aluminum producer. "We expect you... to support us in implementing these projects," he said.

The two nations are also building a space complex at Baikonur, Baiterek, to launch Angara launch vehicles capable of putting 26 metric tons of payload into low-Earth orbits. Russia also rents its current space center at Baikonur from Kazakhstan. A Kremlin source told Itar-Tass that the two nations would also enhance financial cooperation, "The initial steps were taken to implement the first projects of the Eurasian Development Bank, which was set up on the initiative of the presidents of the two countries in 2006. The Russian Vneshekonombank is actively cooperating with its Kazakh partners."