DPM, Minister of Foreign Affairs Rashid Meredov and DPM, Chairman of the Supreme Control Chamber of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov are on a working visit to Moscow.
According to the foreign ministry of Russia, the following documents will be signed during the visit of the Turkmen delegation:
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Turkmenistan on biological safety issues
- Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Turkmenistan on promoting interregional cooperation
- Agreement between the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing and the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan on cooperation in the implementation of health regulations (2005)
- Memorandum between the Federal Customs Service of Russia and the State Statistics Committee of Turkmenistan on the exchange of statistical data on mutual trade,
- Protocol between the Federal Customs Service of Russia and the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan on the exchange of documents and information on the customs value of goods transported between the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan
During the talks, the foreign ministers of Turkmenistan and Russia will exchange views on topical issues of multifaceted cooperation with an emphasis on trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian and educational spheres. It is planned to discuss in detail the issues of regional security and the possibility of joint response to common challenges and threats.
The coordination on international platforms, including the CIS, the UN and the OSCE, as well as the dialogue mechanism “CA5+ Russia” at the level of foreign ministers will be considered.
Special attention will be paid to the upcoming summit of the Caspian countries, to be hosted by Turkmenistan.
“Russia appreciates the relations of strategic partnership with Turkmenistan, and is confident in their long-term prospects. The most important prerequisite for this is a rich joint history, centuries-old traditions of friendship and mutual respect,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
In 2020, the trade turnover between the two countries increased by 39.6% compared to 2019 and reached US$ 970.2 million. Since April 2019, Gazprom has resumed importing Turkmen natural gas. Dozens of large Russian companies, including KAMAZ, Vozrozhdenie, and Tatneft, operate in Turkmenistan.
The Intergovernmental Russian-Turkmen Commission on Economic Cooperation acts as an important platform for discussing topical issues of bilateral cooperation.
The legal framework of bilateral relations includes more than 170 interstate, intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements regulating cooperation in political, economic, military, humanitarian and other fields.
Turkmenistan became one of the first countries in the world to register Russian covid-19 vaccines Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona.
Cooperation in the field of education and culture is developing successfully. To date, over 36000 students from Turkmenistan study in Russian universities. The most popular among the Turkmen youth are educational institutions in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, and Tver.
A joint Russian-Turkmen Secondary School named after A. S. Pushkin has been operating in Ashgabat since 2002. /// nCa, 30 Mar