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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia-Kazakh Treatie

ALMATY, Kazakhstan ( -- Defense Minister Pavel Grachev wrapped up two days of talks Friday in Kazakhstan by signing 16 military cooperation deals, and hailed deeper ties with the former Soviet republic.

Grachev told a news conference that major progress had been made toward signing a bilateral joint defense agreement along the lines of existing pacts with Belarus and Ukraine. He ruled out creating joint defense forces for the CIS and said the main priority for Russia was to build bilateral military ties.