Russian, Turkmen Presidents to mull economic and energy cooperation in Moscow
The Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow will discuss cooperation between the two countries in trade, economic, and fuel and energy spheres, as well as important international topics at the meeting in Moscow on November 29, a source in the Kremlin told RIA Novosti.
"Further acceleration of the cooperation in trade and economic spheres is expected to be among the major topics during the presidential meeting. There is an obvious progress in the development of a multi-faceted economic cooperation. Russia takes the first place among the trade partners of Turkmenistan", the source said.
He said that much attention will be paid to the fuel and energy sphere at the talks.
"The long-term agreement on cooperation in gas sector signed in 2003 gives stability to relations in this sphere. The agreement envisages supplies of Turkmen gas to Russia till 2028," the source said.
He also said that the Presidents will also consider the prospects of cooperation in agriculture, transport and telecommunications industries, expansion of industrial cooperation and supplies of engineering products.
Moreover, he said that the presidents will exchange views on cooperation at the global and regional levels in combating with international terrorism, illegal drug trafficking, transnational organized crime.
He said that special attention will be paid to the situation in Afghanistan, as well as interaction within the CIS and the Caspian Five.
"Russia is convinced that the working visit of Turkmen President will promote further acceleration of the partnership, a wide range of spheres, intensification of the cooperation in regional and international affairs,"the source said.