In addition, Vladimir Putin presented Almazbek Atambayev with the Order of Alexander Nevsky for his major contribution to strengthening multifaceted cooperation between Russia and Kyrgyzstan in the spirit of mutual trust and strategic partnership.
President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev: I am very glad to see you and the Russian delegation here. I believe that one of my main achievements over the five years as President is that I managed to steer our relations with Russia back onto a good track.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Atambayev, thank you very much for your kind words. Congratulations again on your birthday. I am very pleased that my colleagues and I can be with you on this day.
Relations between our states are developing in all areas, both in the civilian and the military spheres. Of course, the current situation is challenging, but for the most part, we are handling our problems well. Today we have a great opportunity to discuss the entire scope of our relations.
Yesterday, the CIS summit took place here and I would like to thank you again for its excellent organisation. We can see that our partners have made a great effort to ensure the high level of this event.
Yesterday I had a drive around Bishkek and I am glad to see that the city is changing, and changing for the better. I was there with our ambassador and as a local resident, he was very proud to show me all the improvements.
The general economic growth and improvement in the social sphere are also results of your Presidency and your team’s work, and I congratulate you on this topmost achievement. Happy birthday once again! I wish you all the best.