Kazakhstan, Russia sign deal on establishing joint air defence system

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Kazakhstan and Russia on Wednesday signed here an agreement on setting up a joint regional air defense system.

The agreement was signed by Kazakhstan's Minister of Defense Adilbek Dzhaksybekov and his Russian counterpart Sergery Shoigu during a meeting, the press service of the Kazakh Defence Ministry said.

The agreement will constitute a ground for Kazakhstan airspace security and relatively for the border area of Russia.

Following the meeting, the two defense ministers stressed that the Kazakh-Russian military cooperation is strategic and aims not only at the stability and security of the neighboring countries, but also preserving peace in the region.

"We signed an agreement on setting up a joint air defense system today. This agreement is very important, and it has been prepared for about six years," Shoigu said.

"This air defense agreement contains new components, including regarding missile defense," he added.

The enactment of the document will "provide a foundation for security of Kazakhstan's airspace and Russia's territory adjacent to the border," the Kazakh Defense Ministry said.

In addition, the two defense ministers discussed other issues of military cooperation.

Russia has a similar air defense system with Belarus. Endi

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