Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, May 11
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
European countries see Turkmenistan as one of the main suppliers of natural gas, Ivo Petrov, head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, said.
He made the remarks at the meeting with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, said Turkmen government's message May 11.
Stating the exceptional importance of Ashgabat's energy policy, the most important direction of which is the diversification of export routes for Turkmen energy resources to promising international markets, the diplomat noted that European countries are ready to discuss specific topical aspects of cooperation in this strategic sector.
Turkmenistan joined the OSCE on January 30, 1992. Over the past years, Ashgabat held a series of major international forums of the OSCE and the UN, including on the issues of energy security.
Turkmenistan ranks fourth in the world in terms of the gas reserve volume and exports gas to China and Iran.
The construction of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline began in December 2015.
Currently, the delivery of Turkmen gas to Europe is being studied at this stage. Ashgabat and Brussels conduct negotiations on this issue since 2011.