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.
G8 Summit: St. Petersburg, July 15-17
A worker hangs G8 banners outside the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg (epa)
SITTING DOWN AT THE TABLE: On July 15-17, Russia hosts the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized countries in its northern capital, St. Petersburg. The event is a landmark in Russia's reemergence on the international stage after more than a decade of painful transition. In many ways, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be the strongest and most confident of the leaders at the meeting, despite international concerns about the state of Russia's democratic development. Below are links to some of RFE/RL's reporting on the run-up to this major international event.