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    RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY NOTES HIGH LEVEL OF RUSSO-KAZAKH RELATIONS

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    MOSCOW, April 6, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - Russia is satisfied with the state of its cooperation with Kazakhstan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday after the meeting with his Kazakh counterpart Kasymzhomart Tokayev.

    "However, we believe that additional steps can be taken to make this cooperation more efficient for the benefit of the peoples of our countries," Sergei Lavrov added.

    He said that at this meeting they discussed cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan in the context of those accords, which were reached at the summit of the Presidents of the two countries, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Vladimir Putin. These accords included a number of instructions to the Foreign Ministries of the two countries, Sergei Lavrov said.

    The two ministers also discussed the agenda of their work this year within the framework of bilateral relations and the activity in the organisations, in which both Russia and Kazakhstan take part.

    In his turn the Kazakh Foreign Minister underscored that his country "is ready for a large-scale cooperation with Russia, which is undoubtedly a priority in the Kazakh foreign policy." Kasymzhomart Tokayev also invited Sergei Lavrov to visit Kazakhstan. "Taking an opportunity, I officially invite you to pay a visit to Astana," he said at the meeting with his Russian counterpart.

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