Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 31
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend: Russian and Kazakh defense ministries agreed to jointly operate range Balkhash located in Kazakhstan and leased by Russia, Kazakhstan Today reported on Jan. 31.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told reporters about the agreement on Jan. 31 after talks with his Kazakh counterpart Adilbek Dzhaksybekov.
"We had a detailed and thorough discussion of key issues. The main issue was an agreement on all the aspects for the further work and use of the Balkhash complex, its development and joint work aimed at air defense security," the Russian defense minister said.
The parties also agreed on the programs on Balkhash development, the minister said.
"For this purpose, this year we must begin training specialists, ensure access and. Joint exercises are the main part of our cooperation. This year they will be larger," he said.
Within the meeting the defense ministers also discussed the issue of the joint use of training grounds, including some areas in Russia.
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