Speaking at a ceremony devoted to celebrating the anniversary of Astana, President Medvedev described Kazakhstan as Russia's strategic partner, with which it is linked not only by common interests in many areas but also by brotherly relations.
Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Kazakhstan on the anniversary of its capital and expressed confidence that Russia and Kazakhstan will always able to engage in the most ambitious and innovative projects.
Following the ceremony the President of Russia went on a tour of the city with President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and other participants in the celebrations.
President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmon, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Turkey Abdullah Gul, as well as Jordan's King Abdullah II participated in Astana's 10th anniversary celebrations.
During the anniversary celebrations in the capital of Kazakhstan, Dmitry Medvedev had working encounters with all the invited heads of state, including the President of Georgia.
In an interview with Mikheil Saakashvili, the head of the Russian state warned against any attempt to create tension in the region, and stressed the need for continuing the negotiating process with all parties involved.