Kazakhstan–Russia relations

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Kazakhstan–Russia relations
Map indicating locations of Kazakhstan and Russia


Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Kazakhstan–Russia relations refers to bilateral foreign relations between Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. Kazakhstan has an Embassy of Kazakhstan in Moscow, consulate-general in Saint Petersburg, Astrakhan and Omsk. Russia has an embassy in Astana and consulates in Almaty and Uralsk.


Kazakhstan and Russia are both founding members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Collective Security Treaty Organization, and are additionally part of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council; however, Kazakhstan's strategic relations with Russia are somewhat complicated by its concurrent ties with NATO through the Individual Partnership Action Plan and its deepening relations with the United States. In recent years, Kazakhstan has attempted to balance ties between both sides by selling petroleum and natural gas to its northern neighbor at artificially low prices, allowing heavy investment from Russian businesses, and continuing negotiations over the Baikonur Cosmodrome while simultaneously assisting the West in the War on Terror.

Border agreements[edit]

On January 2005 President of Russia Vladimir Putin and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed an agreement approving an official map of the border.[1] On May 23, 2009 the two countries placed their first boundary marker on the 7,591 km (4,717 mi) border between Kazakhstan’s Atyrau and Russia’s Astrakhan provinces.[2] The demarcation is expected to take 10 to 15 years to complete.

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