President of The Russian Federation Vladimir Putin: Kurmanbek Salievich,
Allow me to welcome you to Moscow. First of all, I want to thank you, as President of the CIS, for helping to organise this informal summit here in Russia. I also want to note that our bilateral relations are developing well. It is enough to say that our bilateral trade increased by 40 percent over the last year and exceeded $1 billion. We have good prospects ahead in investment activity, investment in the energy sector and the mining and oil and gas industries. Overall, our relations are growing and I am very pleased to see this. We have plenty to discuss.
President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiev: Thank you.
I would like to reaffirm today that the decisions we made two years ago are being implemented now and are becoming reality. In other words, the agreements we reached and the objectives we outlined at our summit and intergovernmental meetings are being carried out in practice now, and I am also very pleased to see this.
You are absolutely right in noting that our bilateral trade has passed the $1 billion mark (one billion two hundred thousand), but even more important is that Russian business investors are really entering Kyrgyzstan’s economy now and that the first results are already visible. This is pleasing to see and is good news for everyone working with us today.
I think we do indeed have good prospects ahead. The real implementation work we have already carried out puts in place the conditions for our relations, above all in the economy (thankfully we have no problems in any other areas), to produce impressive results. I have no doubt that this will be the case.