Ashgabat, June 10, /Arzuw NEWS/. The Russian Embassy in Ashgabat hosted a press briefing in honor of Russia Day - June 12.
The briefing was attended by Russian Ambassador to Turkmenistan A. V. Blokhin, embassy representatives, local and foreign media.
Ambassador Blokhin gave a short speech about the history of the Russian Federation:
Today Russia, a country with a GDP of 2 trillion dollars and a trade turnover of about 667 billion dollars and a gold and foreign exchange reserve of 566 billion dollars - said the Ambassador.
About Russian-Turkmen relations the Ambassador put it this way:
I would estimate the current relations with Turkmenistan at a high level. Last year, our trade turnover increased one and a half times. We have good relations across the entire spectrum, both politically and economically. The trade turnover last year was $695 million, not including gas. Compared to 2018, that's a very good figure. The first half of this year, too, shows an increase in trade turnover. We have quite large projects, in particular, Vozrozhdeniye. (Russian construction company - ed.) won the tender for the construction of agricultural protection structures around Ashgabat. We are grateful to the Turkmen side for their efforts to maintain the level of strategic partnership and mutual trust.
Ambassador Blokhin added that exports from Russia to Turkmenistan amount to about $400 million and imports from Turkmenistan to the Russian Federation are about $222 million per year. In the first quarter of this year, the trade turnover increased by 2.7 times compared to 2018.
Russia supplies Turkmenistan with cars, equipment, vehicles, chemical products, foodstuffs, agricultural raw materials, metals, timber and paper products. Turkmenistan to Russia: textiles, footwear, chemical products, rubber, agricultural raw materials.
It should be added that today 28 thousand students from Turkmenistan study in Russian universities. This year 215 quotas of government scholarships have been allocated. Testing for these scholarships will be held from June 15 to 25.