Mishustin starts his visit to Kazakhstan

(c) The Russian government's website
(c) The Russian government's website

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has started his first foreign visit. He arrived in Kazakhstan late Thursday.

The PM will take part in the session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Almaty and hold separate bilateral meetings with prime ministers of the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union, the press service of the Russian government said.

On the sidelines of the digital forum in Almaty, Mishustin held a meeting with Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin. "It is symbolic that I am paying my first visit as the chairman of the government to Kazakhstan. We have long-standing relations of friendship and partnership," TASS cited the Russian PM as saying.

He noted in particular that trade, economic and investment cooperation between the two countries, as well as inter-regional ties, were developing dynamically. Mishustin expressed the hope that it would be possible to discuss the most important issues during the meeting.

For his part, the Kazakh PM greeted his Russian counterpart. "I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as the Russian prime minister and wish you every success in tackling the urgent issues facing the Russian government. I believe that you and your team will be able to do that," Mamin stressed.

The meeting was attended by Russian Deputy Prime Ministers Dmitry Chernyshenko and Alexei Overchuk, Energy Minister Alexander Novak and First Deputy Minister of Economic Development Mikhail Babich.

Mishustin will hold separate bilateral meetings in Almaty with Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Rumas, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Moldovan Prime Minister Ion Chicu.