2017  N3-4(144-145)
POLITICS
ON THE BASIS OF FRUITFUL DIALOGUE
It is deeply symbolic that President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin made an official visit to Turkmenistan in the year of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The talks in Ashgabat became an important milestone in the interstate dialogue.
Following the welcoming ceremony, the heads of state held one-on-one talks. They exchanged views on the state of the Turkmen-Russian relations.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked Vladimir Putin for accepting an invitation to pay an official visit to Turkmenistan and stressed that Turkmenistan attaches great importance to the current summit talks.
As the Turkmen leader noted, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation, and, over these years, the two countries have built a broad legal framework for interstate strategic cooperation.
Emphasizing that partnership between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation serves the well-being of the peoples of the two countries, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov thanked the distinguished guest for his personal contribution to the strengthening of Turkmen-Russian friendship and wished him every success in state activities and all the best to the people of Russia.
In turn, President Vladimir Putin congratulated his Turkmen counterpart on the successful conduct of the V Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games.
The Russian leader spoke in favor of taking effective steps to ensure new incentives for development of trade and economic partnership and increasing bilateral trade.
The sides also exchanged views on a number of current regional and global issues of mutual interest.
Then, the talks continued with participation of the official delegations of the two countries. The sides discussed issues related to the interaction in the political sphere and through international organizations, the situation in Afghanistan and the Caspian Sea issues.
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Turkmenistan treats Russia's interests in Central Asia with understanding and respect, stressing that joining the efforts in ensuring universal peace, security and stability is one of the main areas of cooperation. "We are always ready to continue a close and systematic cooperation in this area that is designed to contribute to the strengthening of stability and making the situation in the region sustainable and balanced," the head of state said.
The sides discussed in detail the pace of development of bilateral trade and economic partnership. Industry, energy, agro-industrial complex, high technologies, services were named the priority areas of partnership.
About 190 companies with Russian capital operate in Turkmenistan, including well-known companies such as KAMAZ, UAZ, TYAZHMASH, ROSTEH. In this regard, the Russian leader expressed hope that other Russian businesses showing interest in the promising Turkmen market would receive relevant support in Turkmenistan.
According to the sides, the sphere of logistics presents great opportunities. In this connection, the sides noted the opportunities in using port infrastructures of the two countries on the Caspian Sea, the ferry link between the cities of Turkmenbashi and Astrakhan, as well as establishment of a trade and logistics center that would help increase bilateral trade.
The sides also discussed issues related to development of Turkmen-Russian interaction in the cultural and humanitarian area, including the spheres of education, science, culture, health and sports.
The talks concluded with the ceremony of signing bilateral documents.
On the outcomes of the Turkmen-Russian summit, the sides signed an Agreement on establishment of sister-city relations between the city of Mary (Turkmenistan) and the city of Orel (Russia); an Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the Administration of Krasnodar Region of the Russian Federation on trade and economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation; a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation in finance; a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in standardization and metrology; an Agreement on cooperation in healthcare; a Program of Cooperation for 2018-2020 between the ministries of culture of the two countries; an Agreement on cooperation in tourism; an Agreement on cooperation in sports; a Protocol on amending the Agreement on cooperation in maritime transport dated 17 September 2013; an Agreement on cooperation in agriculture; and an Agreement on cooperation in the field of industry.
The sides also signed an Agreement on reciprocal establishment of representative offices of the migration bodies and an Agreement on countering illicit trade in drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.
To the applause of the ceremony participants, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Vladimir Putin signed a Treaty on Strategic Partnership between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation and a Joint Statement.
In conclusion of the signing ceremony, the heads of two states made statements for press.
A high state award of the Russian Federation - the Order of Alexander Nevsky - was presented to the President of Turkmenistan at an official ceremony following the talks between President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Vladimir Putin.
Expressing gratitude to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Turkmen leader noted that he sees this award as a sign of respect for the people of Turkmenistan and a symbol of growth and strengthening of the friendly Turkmen-Russian relations.
"We will continue doing our best to fully strengthen the interstate dialogue. We are ready to boost the impressive potential of the Turkmen-Russian partnership," the President of Turkmenistan said.
Stressing that Russia is a strategic partner of Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed confidence that the current high level of trust and mutual understanding between the peoples of the two countries would continue providing a solid basis for the further development of the Turkmen-Russian partnership.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov awarded the Order "Hyzmatdalygy sdrmge goandy in" (For Contribution to Development of Cooperation) to President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. The awarding ceremony took place following the Turkmen-Russian summit talks.
As the Turkmen leader emphasized, this is recognition of the Russian President's services to development and strengthening of Turkmen-Russian relations, his significant contribution to ensuring peace and broadening international cooperation.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted that Vladimir Putin is known and deeply respected in Turkmenistan as a wise and far-sighted statesman. "His fruitful work at the highest state post, his great political experience and high professionalism won him not only public support in Russia but also well-deserved recognition and respect throughout the world," the President of Turkmenistan said.
Handing the Order to his colleague, the President of Turkmenistan wished him good health, success in his responsible state work, as well as peace and prosperity to the friendly people of Russia.
On the same day, the President of the Russian Federation visited the Memorial Complex "Halk hakydasy" (People's Memory), where he laid flowers at the Monument to Defenders of the Fatherland "Baky hrat" (Eternal Glory).
In the evening, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov hosted an official dinner in honor of the distinguished guest, at which the leaders of the two countries exchanged speeches.
After the official reception, having completed his official visit to Turkmenistan, the head of the Russian Federation proceeded to the International Airport and departed Ashgabat.

Alexey TIKHORETSKIY