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Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Jan. 15 / Trend H.Hasanov /
European Commission President
Jose Manuel Barroso, who arrived in Ashgabat on Jan.14 with the first official visit, holds talks on energy cooperation in the Presidential Hotel Oguzkent, an official Turkmen source reported.
Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov received Barroso and the sides will have an extended meeting during the day. The sides expressed mutual interest in cooperation on issues of Turkmen gas supplies to Europe, including via the pipeline to be built across the Caspian Sea.
The sides discussed a wide range of issues concerning international and regional politics, state and prospects of development of the Turkmenistan-EU partnership in the context of existing and emerging long-term projects and programs.
Barroso arrived in Ashgabat after his visit to Azerbaijan. In Baku, Barroso and President
Ilham Aliyev signed "A Joint Declaration on the "Southern Gas Corridor"", which includes also the Nabucco project. Turkmenistan, which possesses the world's largest natural gas reserves, is also interested in the Nabucco project as a supplier.
Under the project, the gas supply from the Caspian region and the Middle East to the EU could begin in 2015. The Nabucco gas pipeline project worth 7.9 billion euros is expected to be launched in 2012.
Turkmen top managers claim that the country's energy strategy is aimed at international cooperation, diversification of gas export systems and creating the necessary conditions for safe and reliable transit
Brussels also believes that direct access to Caspian resources can allow to solve the problem of global energy security, including Europe.