ASTANA -- A high-ranking Kazakh military official says Kazakhstan and Russia are expected sign an agreement to create a joint regional air-defense system.
Kazakh air defense chief Nurzhan Mukanov told reporters on July 11 that the agreement will be signed next year.
Russian military officials have said that under the plan, the Kazakh air force would be responsible for defending Russian airspace along the border with Kazakhstan.
Officials of both states have confirmed that the creation of the joint air-defense system envisages deliveries of Russian S-300 air-defense systems to Kazakhstan.
Russia already has similar agreements with Armenia and Belarus.
Based on reporting by Interfax, RIA Novosti, and RFE/RL's Kazakh Service