Russia, Kazakhstan to further boost military ties: official

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-10-29 23:05:22

Russia and Kazakhstan will further strengthen bilateral military cooperation by signing an agreement next month to expedite deliveries of military equipment to Kazakhstan, said a senior Russian military official on Tuesday.

"We have a delivery plan for 2014 as well. The next stage will be the signing of a bilateral treaty on military-technological cooperation that we have been negotiating for the past three to four years," said deputy director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technological Cooperation Konstantin Biryulin, according to the Interfax-AVN military news agency.

According to Biryulin, Russia has already begun delivering equipment to Kazakhstan at domestic prices, while the first shipment was made last year.

But the new agreement will further improve the level of military cooperation between the two countries, said Biryulin.

Under the new agreement, advanced military equipment similar to those already in service in Russia will be delivered to Kazakhstan at relatively low prices, said the Russian official, adding that even within the Collective Security Treaty Organization, this level of cooperation is not common.

Russia and Kazakhstan have been trying to boost bilateral military cooperation in recent years.

Earlier this year, the two sides signed a deal to merge their air defense capabilities as part of a greater defense network.

The deal has been ratified by Kazakhstan, and is expected to be formally approved by Russia soon.

The new deal is expected to be inked in Yekaterinburg on Nov. 11, said Biryulin.

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