In his greeting speech, Putin expressed interest in Nazarbayev’s meetings with Ukraine’s top officials, as it was reported earlier that day that Ukraine and Kazakhstan had signed agreements on advancing military cooperation and in the coal trade, Ukraine Today reports. 

During the Moscow visit, Nazarbayev mentioned that the founding members of the Eurasian Economic Union, including Kazakhstan, “should support this organisation despite all of the problems” in the wake of sharp depreciation of the Russian ruble.

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