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Russian, Kazakh Leaders Meet In Atyrau To Discuss Ties

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to travel to Kazakhstan’s western city of Atyrau on September 30 to attend a cooperation forum between Russian and Kazakh bordering regions.

Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said Putin will meet with his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbaev, on the sidelines of the one-day interregional forum.

Putin and Nazarbaev are expected to discuss bilateral economic and trade ties and preparations for the multilateral October 10 talks in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, where issues related to the Customs Union and Eurasian Economic Union (EES) will be discussed.

Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus are the Customs Union's member-states. The EES is based on the Russian-led Customs Union and is to start functioning on January 1, 2015.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax