Go-ahead for Russo-Kazakh military coop.

The agreement on military and technical cooperation between Russia and Kazakhstan was submitted by President Vladimir Putin to the State Duma for ratification. This agreement for the supply of military goods was signed in Moscow on December 24, 2013. From now on, the two countries will enjoy a “regime of preferential cooperation.”

In recent years, Kazakhstan has significantly expanded its military and security cooperation abroad. Agreements were recently signed with South Africa and Israel. The first one relates to the production and maintenance of military vehicles for export; and next launches of South African satellites from Baikonur base. The second one detailed the scope of the provision of Israeli arms, including unmanned controlled and command systems, border security and communication satellites.

The goal of sustainably improving its international stature and diversifying its exports weakened by the Arab spring pushed Russia to seek new opportunities in neighboring countries such as Kazakhstan. Companies like Rosoboronexport or Uralvagonzavod should benefit from the ratification of the bilateral agreement. More generally, Russia remains the world’s second largest arms exporter after the United States with a total of USD 13.2 billion in 2013.