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Putin Starts Kazakh Visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbaev (file photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has started a visit to Kazakhstan, where he is due to meet with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbaev and attend a forum on interregional cooperation in the northeastern Kazakh city of Pavlodar.

Russian news agencies report some 13 agreements worth a reported $1.8 billion will be signed during Putin's visit to Kazakhstan.

The agreements range from cooperation in producing automobiles to Russian participation in the construction of a thermal power plant in Kazakhstan.

Putin and Nazarbaev are expected to discuss their two countries' customs union with Belarus and other matters concerning bilateral relations.

Russia and Kazakhstan have one of the best bilateral relationships within the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Based on reporting ITAR-TASS and Interfax