Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Nov. 13
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:
Turkmenistan and the EU discussed prospects for cooperation in political, economic and trade spheres, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said in a message Nov. 13.
According to the message, Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov has recently met with High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the conference "Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity" held under the auspices of the United Nations and ‘European Union - Central Asia’ Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
Talks on the supplies of Turkmen gas to Europe have been conducted since 2011. The Southern Gas Corridor, which includes the Trans-Caspian project, remains a priority for the EU.
In May 2015, Ashgabat declaration on energy was signed by energy ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan and European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic.
The Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline Project involving laying of a 300-km gas pipeline along the bottom of the Caspian Sea to the coast of Azerbaijan, is optimal for the delivery of Turkmen energy resources to the European market. Further, Turkmen gas can be pumped to Turkey through existing pipelines, which has mutual borders with European countries.