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Meeting with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov

September 29, 2014, Astrakhan

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. The Presidents of Russia and Turkmenistan discussed the outcomes of the Fourth Caspian Summit and the state of bilateral trade and economic relations and humanitarian ties.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, friends, colleagues,

I am very pleased to have this opportunity to meet with you on the sidelines of the Caspian Five in this restricted format to discuss our bilateral relations. Russia and Turkmenistan have been bound by relations of friendship and cooperation over the course of many years and in a wide range of areas.

I want to thank you for your significant contributions to the results of the Caspian Summit. I know that your colleagues, with your direct personal participation, made a serious input into preparing the final documents. Thank you very much.

I hope to see you in Russia, in Moscow or any part of the Russian Federation, at a time that is convenient for you. I hope that we will agree on this today as well.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov: Thank you, Mr President, for this opportunity to meet on the sidelines of the summit of Caspian states.

Indeed, we had a very good summit today and good agreements were signed which, I think, will benefit our states and peoples. I think we should continue at this same rate because, as you know, the current global geopolitical situation can change very quickly, and the Caspian Sea is becoming a kind of epicentre, particularly in the Eurasian space.

We have very good reserves that we could use based on the results of today’s meetings and in accordance with the signed documents.

If we are to talk about our bilateral issues, I can say with confidence that they have always been, are and will be developing upward.

Our trade and economic situation is developing well – its growth trends are good. Our humanitarian sector is working well too, with issues of education, science and especially applied research progressing well.

Our cultural ties are developing very nicely as well; we have many new initiatives to discuss: the Turkmen-Russian schools the Pushkin Turkmen-Russian Theatre, and there are many similar examples. What’s most important is that our interstate commission, which is coordinating everything, is furthering all of this.

So please allow me to once again thank you for today’s meeting, to wish you all the best and success in your government work. And all my best wishes to the great nation of Russia. Thank you.

Vladimir Putin: Thank you.


September 29, 2014, Astrakhan