This morning, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, who arrived in Ashgabat to attend a meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Even before the Summit, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, behind the wheel of the rare GAZ-21 Volga, arrived at the Oguzkent Hotel in Moscow, where the residence of Dmitry Medvedev was located during the visit.
From here, the President of Turkmenistan and the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation together proceeded to the Oguzkhan Palace Complex, where negotiations continued. As Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, the current visit to Ashgabat of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation will give a new impetus to the fruitful cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation in a bilateral format, which has the character of strategic partnership and is developing dynamically.
Thus, a regular meeting of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Russian Commission on Economic Cooperation was held recently in Ashgabat, within the framework of which virtually all aspects of bilateral relations, including regional and world politics, were considered. At the same time, the main emphasis was placed on the prospects of further strengthening trade and economic partnership and humanitarian ties.
The agreements reached are already yielding practical results, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted, stressing that just yesterday Turkmenistan received pipes from the Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant intended for the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline.
“We can cite a lot of such examples of the joint participation of Turkmen and Russian enterprises in the implementation of large-scale projects,” the head of state said.
Emphasizing the fruitful nature of humanitarian cooperation, covering a wide range of areas - science, education, health and culture, sports and tourism, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also noted that Turkmenistan respects the Russian language, which is studied in secondary schools and universities, and where people communicate
Focusing on the topic of cooperation in the Caspian Sea, the President stressed the importance of the V Summit of the Caspian States held last year, during which the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea was signed, which marked the beginning of a new milestone in the history of relations between coastal countries.
In this context, the President highly appreciated the constructive approach of the Russian Federation, thanks to which it became possible to solve many pressing issues on the Caspian Sea, which should always remain a zone of peace and good neighborliness.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also noted that in August of this year the First Caspian Economic Forum will take place in our country, in which representatives of many countries of the world intend to take part.
“The Caspian region has a huge economic and transit transport potential that can be used both for the benefit of the peoples of the coastal states and other countries of the world,” the head of Turkmenistan said.
Dmitry Medvedev emphasized that today economic cooperation between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation is developing along an ascending line. At the same time, the head of the RF Government noted that a number of joint projects are being implemented, including bilateral projects, and projects that are of interregional and international importance.
Touching upon the international forums held in Turkmenistan, Medvedev noted that the meeting of the Council of CIS Heads of Government would be a good platform to “check the clock”, to assess the development of economic processes and humanitarian projects in the CIS format.
Noting the important interregional importance of the upcoming First Caspian Economic Forum, Dmitry Medvedev said that representatives of Russia would take part in it.
At the end of the meeting, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov presented Dmitry Medvedev with a gift of an Alabay puppy, who have long been faithful companions of the Turkmen people.
In turn, the Russian prime minister presented the Turkmen leader with a rare edition of the Architectural Monuments of Turkmenistan. The book was published in 1939 and is dedicated to the monuments of architecture of medieval Turkmenistan. The album contains descriptions of the monuments of ancient Merv and others.