Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko meets with President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev

The parties have discussed a wide range of bilateral and international issues.

Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko held a meeting with President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev.

The parties exchanged views on and discussed a wide range of bilateral and international matters.

Valentina Matviyenko noted that the Russian Federation appreciated the fact that in his new position Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev paid his first visit to Moscow. “This confirms a high level of trust existing between our countries,” Ms Matviyenko said.

She made a special mention of the contribution that Kazakhstan’s first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, made to the strengthening and the development of Russia-Kazakhstan relations and inter-parliamentary ties: “This is a powerful foundation of bilateral cooperation.”

“As far as our economic interaction is concerned, we are pleased with how dynamically it is developing,” she said, adding that mutual trade grew in 2018 and there was active work in progress in the energy sector as well as in other fields. “Its potential is far from used up; we have a lot ahead of us to promote economic interaction,” she noted.

Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev emphasised that the friendly and allied relations between Russia and Kazakhstan were the two states’ common heritage: “The spectrum of cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan is vast and our job is to preserve what has been amassed for the posterity.”

The Kazakhstani leader assured his hosts that he would do his best to facilitate integration, including within the Eurasian Economic Union. He also noted the importance of efforts to strengthen inter-parliamentary ties and to enhance the role of lawmakers in promoting bilateral cooperation.

Taking part in the conversation were Ilyas Umakhanov, Federation Council Deputy Speaker, Viktor Bondarev, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defence and Security, Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, Dmitry Mezentsev, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Economic Policy, Oleg Melnichenko, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs, and Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs.