Kazakh President Says G8, CIS Should Cooperate
http://gdb.rferl.org/D6274D3B-F6FB-40C3-92C4-A2A2959E20EE_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/D6274D3B-F6FB-40C3-92C4-A2A2959E20EE_mw800_mh600.jpg
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev (file photo) (ITAR-TASS)
July 14, 2006 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev says the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized states and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) could benefit from mutual cooperation.
Speaking on the eve of a G8 summit in St. Petersburg, the president of oil-rich Kazakhstan said CIS countries are major suppliers of oil and gas while "high oil prices [and] growing dependency on energy... are a focus of attention for all countries."
Nazarbaev will attend the G8 summit in his capacity as head of the Council of CIS Presidents.