RUSSIA AND KAZAKHSTAN TO DEVELOP A JOINT ACTION PLAN FOR 2013-2014
Astana. June 7. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks it is time Russia and Kazakhstan should start developing a new action plan for the next two years.
"Today we are signing a number of documents that will lay the foundations for our future cooperation and will complement the earlier concluded documents. I would like to reiterate the practical importance of the previous documents, such as the joint action plans," Putin said during the Russian-Kazakh talks in Astana.
He reminded that the action plan for 2011-2012, which is Russia's and Kazakhstan's third joint initiative, was being successfully implemented. "I think we should start developing our next action plan for the next two years' period so that we can be absolutely sure what we are to do, where to go and what our priorities are," the Russia president said.
According to Putin, the priority areas of Kazakh-Russian Cooperation are energy, engineering and space industries.
The Russian president commented on fruitful cooperation between the two countries in security and military areas. He said that Russia supplied Kazakhstan with military equipment, helped organize maintenance and upgrading of the Kazakh military equipment and offered advanced training courses for Kazakh officers at the Russian military schools.
According to Putin, oil and gas cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan is very efficient. The bulk of Kazakh oil is exported using the Russian routes: each year as much as 15.5 million tons of Kazakh oil is transported through the Atyrau-Samara pipeline and 5.5 million tons through the Makhachkala-Tikhoretsk-Novorossiysk pipeline. Crude oil is also transported through the Tengiz-Astrakhan- Novorossiysk pipeline which is operated by the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC).
The countries cooperate in the gas sector on the basis of an inter-government agreement that was signed in 2001. OJSC KazRosGas (a joint venture of Russia's Gazprom and Kazakhstan's National Company KazMunayGas) has been supplying crude gas from the Karachaganak field to the Orenburg gas processing plant since 2002.