Mikhail Mishustin's meeting with President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

The meeting was held as part of the Prime Minister’s working visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Excerpts from the transcript:

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev: Mr Mishustin, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our capital.

You have chosen Kazakhstan as the destination for your first foreign visit as Prime Minister. We understand that this has both a symbolic and practical importance in the context of developing our strategic partnership and cooperation within the Eurasian Economic Union.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your appointment to this high-level post and wish you success in your work for Russia's benefit. I would also like to convey my greetings and best wishes to my colleague, President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

I know that you took part in the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. The forum’s theme was very important: digitisation and artificial intelligence. This is exactly what we are working on here in Kazakhstan. We are aware that you have extensive experience in this particular field. I would like to give you the floor and then we could exchange opinions on a number of issues.

Mikhail Mishustin: Mr Tokayev, colleagues, thank you for your invitation to visit Nur-Sultan. As you said, this is my first foreign visit, and it is symbolic that it is taking place in Kazakhstan. I am very pleased to pass on President Vladimir Putin’s best wishes, and would like to use this opportunity to say that we are looking forward to seeing you at Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9.

Yesterday, my colleague Askar Mamin and I had an extensive discussion of the entire scope of our countries' bilateral relations.

Russia and Kazakhstan are united by brotherly ties as well as partner and allied relations. Our trade, economic and investment interaction is expanding dynamically, and inter-regional links and contacts between our business communities are intensifying. Our countries play a major role in the Eurasian economic integration and the activities of the CSTO, CIS and SCO, as well as other multilateral formats. This is to a great extent due to the efforts of first President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, and I hope to meet with him today as well. I would like to thank you once more for the warm welcome and suggest we discuss the issues on our agenda.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev: As regards the celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, I am highly pleased to accept your invitation to visit Moscow on this day and attend the Victory Parade on Red Square. This is truly our shared celebration. As a son of a war veteran, I attach great importance to the Victory Day celebrations. Naturally, we will spend that day together. We will hold a parade in our capital a day earlier.