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Russian Prime Minister To Meet Kyrgyz Leaders In Bishkek


Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in Bishkek on an official two-day visit for talks with Kyrgyz leaders and to take part in a Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) meeting.

Medvedev held meetings on June 6 with President Almazbek Atambaev and Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

TASS news agency reported that Medvedev and Jeenbekov’s meeting focused on bilateral trade and economic cooperation, including investment projects by the Russian gas giant Gazprom in Kyrgyzstan.

On June 7, Medvedev and Jeenbeko will participate in a meeting of the CIS's Council of Heads of Government in Bishkek.

Russia is one of Kyrgyzstan's top trading partners, making up some 24.9 percent of Kyrgyzstan's total trade volume in 2015.

Kyrgyzstan and Russia are also members of the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EES).

Atambaev complained last week at an EES meeting in the Kazakh capital, Astana, about several problems the new economic bloc was causing for Kyrgyz traders and the Central Asian country's economy.

Based on reporting by TASS and eurasianet.org
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