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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia, Kazakhstan to Fix Relations




ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Russia and Kazakhstan vowed Friday to iron out kinks in the normally friendly relations between the neighboring states. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, on a brief visit to the Kazakh capital, Astana, met President Nursultan Nazarbayev for more than an hour and discussed trade, security and cooperation in the energy, military and space sectors.


Kazakhstan has worked hard to maintain cordial relations with Russia, but when a Russian Proton rocket crashed on its barren steppe in July, the friendship turned sour.


Kazakhstan banned all missions from the Baikonur cosmodrome and demanded compensation and a share of the profits from commercial launches.


Kazakh Prime Minister Nurlan Balgimbayev said changes would be made to the 1993 agreement under which Russia rents Baikonur for $115 million a year. Putin said Russia would help Kazakhstan patrol its Caspian Sea borders.