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Kazakhstan and Ukrainian Defense Ministers meet in Astana

19 november 2012, 18:44
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Kazakhstan Defense Minister Adilbek Dzhaksybekov (R) and Defense Minister of Ukraine Dmitry Salamatin (L). Photo by Yermek Sarbassov©
Kazakhstan Defense Minister Adilbek Dzhaksybekov (R) and Defense Minister of Ukraine Dmitry Salamatin (L). Photo by Yermek Sarbassov©
Kazakhstan Defense Minister Adilbek Dzhaksybekov met with Defense Minister of Ukraine Dmitry Salamatin and Ukrainian military delegation that arrived in Astana with an official visit, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the press-service of Kazakhstan Defense Ministry.

According to Dzhaksybekov, military cooperation between Kazakhstan and Ukraine is regulated by the Plan of Cooperation between Defense Ministries. "Today we can state that our military cooperation is becoming more active and is focused on implementation of the earlier agreements," he said.

Meetings of the Joint Staffs Chiefs and Chief Commanders of Air Defense Forces were held in Astana in 2012. These meetings resulted in defining of new areas of interaction. Kazakhstan Defense Minister noted that regular meetings boost relations between the two armies.

"The Program of Cooperation between the authorities is one of the examples of activation of interaction. This Program has been implemented by 100 percent this year," Kazakhstan Defense Minister said.

During the meeting the parties signed the Agreement On Cooepration in Military Education between Defense Ministries of Kazakhstan and Ukraine and the Cooperation Plan for 2013.

Ukraine is an important partner of Kazakhstan in military-technical cooperation. In this relation the Ukrainian military delegation will pay a visit to Kazakhstan Engineering National Company on November 19 to check on the goods produced by Kazakhstan military-industrial complex.

Earlier deputy head of the Secretariat of Kazakhstan Security Council Saidmurat Tanirbergen talked about military-technical cooperation with Ukraine. According to him, modernization of the industrial capacity of Semei Engineering that started in 2011 in cooperation with Ukrainian partners allowed to perform full repairs of T-72 tanks.

Negotiations with Ukraine's state companies Ukr-OboronProm and UkrSpetsExport were held in February 2012 to open a center for assembly, repairs and maintenance of civil and military aircrafts in Kazakhstan. This project, according to Tanirbergen, is currently at the final stage of development.

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