Kyrgyzstan and Russia sign declaration on strengthening of strategic partnership

BISHKEK (TCA) — Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev and Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 20 in Moscow signed a declaration on strengthening the cooperation and strategic partnership between the two countries, Sputnik news agency reported.

Atambayev began his five-day state visit to Russia on Monday.

According to the declaration, the two countries will enhance cooperation in the defense and military areas, as well as technical cooperation, focusing particular attention on strengthening Kyrgyzstan’s army and law enforcement agencies.

Moscow and Bishkek will enhance also cooperation on such issues as counterterrorism and the struggle against drugs and smuggling, the declaration said.

Russia and Kyrgyzstan have also signed an agreement on the development of military-technical cooperation, TASS reported.

The sides have agreed to speed up work to create a joint regional air defense system.

On June 20, Russia and Kyrgyzstan signed a total of nine documents, including the protocol to the intergovernmental agreement on the settlement of Kazakhstan’s debts to Russia under the previously granted loans of September 20, 2012.

The two countries also signed a memorandum on technical cooperation between Russia’s Federal Treasury and Kyrgyzstan’s Finance Ministry, a memorandum on mutual understanding and cooperation between the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography and the State Service of Cartography and Geodesy of Kyrgyzstan, an agreement on cooperation in education and training personnel for Kyrgyzstan’s system to counter the legalization of criminal incomes and financing terrorist or extremist activities.

In addition, they signed a memorandum on cooperation in the exchange of statistical data on mutual trade, an intergovernmental agreement on the legal status of representative offices of competent authorities in the field of migration.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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