Russia, Kazakhstan agree not to politicize Baikonur issue
Jan 26, 2013 (Trend News Agency - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A meeting of Russian experts with Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov took place in Moscow. The round table was attended by a member of Trend Expert Council Alexei Vlasov, who shared his impressions regarding the meeting of leading Russian analysts with the minister.
Idrisov told the Russian experts that together with his counterpart Lavrov they agreed not to create a negative atmosphere over the issue of Baikonur and not to politicize the issue. Apparently, the issues that remain unresolved are those concerning the financial side of the problem -- the amount that Russia provides for cosmodrome's lease and maintenance of the infrastructure of the city, until the payment of pensions. It turns out that Moscow and Astana both have unanswered questions.
However, Idrisov believes that these issues have to be resolved by negotiations and not create unnecessary tension in the media.
In a dialogue with the head of Kazakh Foreign Ministry Vlasov offered to pay special attention to communications between experts, not only on integration issues, but also on the issues of Caspian Sea, for instance. Lack of contact between experts, in turn, leads to a shortage of information on mutual intentions, causing growing distrust. Idrisov agreed that the issue of communication between experts has not yet been adequately addressed, noting that such a situation should not be observed in relations between close partners.
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