The day before yesterday, April 6, the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat published on its official website about the U.S.-Turkmenistan partnership, which describes both indirect and direct multimillion-dollar U.S. investments in the Turkmen economy over the past 20 years. The following is a quote from the embassy:
United States allocated for Turkmenistan more than $920,000 in medical assistance to support laboratory systems training, enhanced case finding and epidemiological surveillance, technical expert support for response and preparedness, risk communication and more. Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested More than $201 million in economic support to Turkmenistan, including about 21 million dollars in health care.
A day later, against the background of the dissemination of this information in some online media, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan posted on its website a message denying information about economic support from the United States.
The Turkmen side declares that this information is unreliable and emphasizes that economic cooperation between Turkmenistan and the U.S. is based on the principles of mutual benefit and equal partnership," the ministry said.
The Arzuw NEWS editorial board asked the press service of the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat to comment on the situation. In response to an e-mail, we received the following comment from the embassy (unofficial translation from Eng.):
- The United States has proudly cooperated with Turkmenistan for more than 25 years in a number of ways, including through commercial cooperation between our enterprises, through the regional C5+1 framework, through multilateral organizations, and through the United States Agency for International Development, the world's leading international development agency.
- The United States is offering more than $$274 million worldwide. The United States is offering $$274 million worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including all five Central Asian countries. This includes approximately $920,000 earmarked for Turkmenistan. You can find more information about our COVID-19 assistance here.
- Since 2009, the United States has funded more than $100 billion in medical aid and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian aid worldwide.