Turkmen president views Russia as strategic partner

18:51, March 16, 2010      

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Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Tuesday called Russia a valued friend of his country, Russian news agencies reported.

"Russia is our strategic and reliable partner," Berdymukhamedov said during a meeting with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Ashgabat.

Turkmenistan highly values its political, economic and educational cooperation with Russia, the president was quoted as saying.

Lavrov, for his part, said Russia is "satisfied with the development of the bilateral relations."

Lavrov was in Ashgabat for a two-day working visit, seeking further expansion of bilateral ties in economy and trade. He was also to hold talks with Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov.

Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and its Turkmen counterpart Turkmengaz clinched a deal on the sidelines of President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to the Turkmen capital in December.

Under the new contract, Turkmenistan will supply Russia with up to 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually at European-level prices.

The two countries meanwhile agreed to jointly implement two projects of the Caspian gas pipeline and the East-West gas pipeline.

Source: Xinhua
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