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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Union Treaty Discussed

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- The presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan met to discuss Kazakhstan joining a proposed union with Russia and Belarus, but made little headway.

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has made the union his pet project and has tried to sell the idea to other leaders of post-Soviet states.

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed cautious support after the talks Thursday in Astana, the country's capital.

"Independence is fundamental for Kazakhstan, although the idea of integration is dear to us," he said.