The Caspian Sea is located at the crossroads of continental routes, quoting a speech made by the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the Caspian Economic Forum in Awaza.
Oil and gas industry is a leading branch of national economy, which has an important role in implementation of the programmes of industrialization of the country on innovative base, expansion of its export capabilities.
Strengthening rule of law-compliant criminal justice responses to terrorism was the aim of a two-day seminar for over 30 Turkmen practitioners from relevant government agencies and the bar association which concluded July 25 in Ashgabat.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the convincing victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the general parliamentary elections.
Meetings were held in the Ashgabat, Turkmenistan with representatives of French companies specializing in IT-technologies.
Climate change will have negative implications for water availability in the region of Central Asia, Lilia Burunciuc, World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia, told Trend in an interview on climate change in Central Asia.
In 2014, the EU intends to intensify its efforts related to the implementation of pipelines going through the Caspian Sea. These plans were discussed last December at the talks in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan committee within the EU. Brussels intends soon to continue negotiations with Ashgabat to implement a project of Trans-Caspian gas pipeline.
Of the three energy-rich post-Soviet states besides Russia that border the Caspian Sea - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan- Turkmenistan constitutes the regional “wild card” in terms of its direction as an external energy supplier as its foreign policy orientation is not as clearly defined as those of the other two states. Azerbaijan has proven itself to be an ally of the United States and Israel, planting it rather firmly in the Western camp, while Kazakhstan, despite its multi-vector foreign policy and friendly relations with the United States, maintains close ties with the Russian Federation, both in terms of ethno-linguistic ties, as well as within the more formally-binding structures of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.
Following talks with the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the two countries are interested in attending an early Caspian summit.
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