President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov receives Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
7 Feb
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov receives Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

On February 6, 2019 President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov who arrived in our country on working visit.

Having expressed sincere gratitude for spared time, the guest conveyed warm greetings and best wishes to the Head of Turkmen State on behalf of President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin who confirmed invariable commitment of Russian side to traditional relations of friendship and fruitful cooperation with Turkmenistan.

Having warmly greeted the guest, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that comprehensive development of versatile relations with Russian Federation is among priority vectors of foreign policy of our country. Addressing return greetings to the leaders of Russian Federation, the Head of Turkmenistan stated with delight high level of interstate dialog, which is built on the principles of respect, constructiveness and strategic partnership.

During interested exchange of the visions on current situation and future cooperation, President of Turkmenistan and his guest have paid special attention to previous agreements including those that have been achieved during official visit of President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to Turkmenistan in 2017.

Continuing the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan and the Head of Russian Foreign Ministry exchanged the visions on number of current subject of international politics related to the provision of peace, security and sustainable development in regional and global scale. In this regard, the intent of both states to continue consolidating traditional cooperation both in bilateral and multilateral format under the UN, CIS, SCO and other competent international organizations and structures has been confirmed.

Having focused on the cooperation in Caspian Sea, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the Foreign Minister of Russian Federation highlighted the importance of the V Summit of the Heads of Caspian States last year, which had an important outcomes – signing of the Convention on Legal Status of Caspian Sea, which marked the beginning of new age in the history of relations of coastal countries.

In this context, Sergey Lavrov have highly appreciated constructive approach of Turkmenistan. Owing to which the solution of many current issues on Caspian Sea became possible. It was mentioned that it was Ashgabat where negotiation process on the level of the Heads of five Caspian States has started and resulted in signing of the Convention, which is historical fundamental document setting legal standards of cooperation in different spheres in Caspian Sea.

Important documents related to the partnership in Caspian Sea including the Agreement between the Governments of Caspian States on Trade and Economic Cooperation and the Agreements between the Governments of Caspian States on Cooperation in Transport has been developed and adopted by the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. It was also noted that the work on five-sided Agreement on scientific studies in Caspian Sea is carried out by the proposal of Turkmen leader.

The activities planned to be carried out during the chairing of Turkmenistan in the Commonwealth of Independence States in 2019, which includes the sessions of the Foreign Ministers Council, Heads of the States and Governments, Economic Council, Cultural Forum and other event, have been also discussed during the meeting.