The state and prospects of development of Turkmen-Russian relations were discussed at the meeting "without ties", which was held on Wednesday in Sochi by Presidents Vladimir Putin and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
As Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed, Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation are strategic partners, building interstate relations on the principles of mutual respect. In this regard, the Turkmen leader noted the effective activity of the joint intergovernmental Commission on the implementation of the plans of bilateral cooperation.
Noting that the head of the Russian Federation is doing a lot in the international arena to ensure stability and security, the President of Turkmenistan thanked Vladimir Putin for his personal contribution to strengthening the ties of friendship between our two countries.
Then the leaders of the two countries exchanged views on the priority issues of the interstate partnership in its key areas in an informal atmosphere.
Among the topical areas of bilateral cooperation was the energy sector – strategic for both countries, which have huge reserves of hydrocarbon resources.
Another priority area of cooperation is transport. As you know, Turkmenistan initiates and consistently implements large-scale projects on the formation of multimodal transit and transport corridors of regional and continental importance. After the commissioning of the new international sea port of Turkmenbashi, the use of the port infrastructure of the two countries on the Caspian sea, including the ferry between the cities of Turkmenbashi and Astrakhan, is seen as promising.
During the meeting, the Presidents of the two countries also spoke in favor of expanding cooperation in the humanitarian field and enhancing educational, scientific and cultural ties.
The sides also exchanged views on a number of topical issues on the regional and global agenda, stressing the commitment of Turkmenistan and Russia to constructive partnership within the UN and other authoritative international organizations in order to ensure global peace, security and well-being.
It is worth Recalling that as a result of the summit talks held in Ashgabat during the official visit of President Vladimir Putin, a large package of important documents aimed at the development of long-term cooperation was signed. The intergovernmental program for 2017-2019 – a kind of "road map" for a three-year period covering all areas of the Turkmen-Russian partnership, including trade, industry, energy, agriculture, transport, high technology, services, etc. - is also aimed at realizing the potential of economic cooperation.