(NSI News Source Info) ASTANA, Kazakhstan - January 22, 2009: Kazakhstan's defense ministry said Jan. 22 it had asked Israel to help it modernize its military and produce weapons that comply with NATO standards. "We are currently working on the organization of Kazakh-Israeli ventures," a ministry statement said after deputy Defense Minister Kazhimurat Mayermanov met representatives from Israel's arms developer Soltam Systems Ltd. The ex-Soviet state, which enjoys good relations with Russia, China and the U.S., wants Israeli arms producers to help it manufacture modern weapons at its Petropavlovsk factory base in the north of the country.
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