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Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov

August 28, 2000

The two leaders discussed a wide range of current bilateral and regional issues. They agreed to discuss matters pertaining to the Caspian status at a summit of the Caspian countries’ heads of state. Mr Niyazov offered his country for its venue. The presidents expressed their assurance that the upcoming summit would determine approaches to settling a wide range of Caspian problems with due consideration for the interests of all littoral countries. The Caspian is to become a sea of peace and accord, the presidents stressed.

President Putin accepted Mr Niyazov’s invitation for a visit to Turkmenistan.

August 28, 2000