Russian President Vladimir Putin is concerned about problems existing between Moscow and Astana; in his view they arise due to a large amount of cooperation. It was announced by him at a meeting with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev. "We are gaining a very good experience of integration," said Putin.
The Presidents noted that experts of the two countries and heads of the relevant departments have found mutually acceptable solutions on the use of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Putin and Nazarbayev thoroughly discussed the bilateral cooperation program for 2013-2015, focusing on the course of creating a single economic space and moving towards the Eurasian Economic Union. "In May 2014, we must already have an agreement and from 2015 announce the creation of a Common Free Market Zone and a Eurasian Economic Union," said Nazarbayev.
He also expressed hope that the new treaty on friendship and cooperation between the two countries may be signed in the autumn in Yekaterinburg, which will host the anniversary, the tenth forum of interregional cooperation.