Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation intend to give a new impetus to the Turkmen-Russian partnership - this was discussed during the meeting of Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister Serdar Berdymukhamedov with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The Russian side expressed its desire to ensure the restart of a number of promising common projects and initiatives in various spheres of the economy.
The meeting of the high representatives of Turkmenistan and Russia was held after a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. M.Mishustin assured of his country's interest in strengthening friendly and good-neighborly relations with Turkmenistan, as well as in mutual economic development.
The Russian prime minister cited data showing a 40% increase in mutual trade turnover compared with 2019. It is close to $1 billion in money equivalent. Mishustin noted that Turkmenistan and Russia have recently made significant progress in the trade sphere, even despite the crisis and negative global processes.
This data is a record for the last five years. According to the Prime Minister, a number of leading Russian companies have already established effective work in Turkmenistan. Turkmen-Russian projects are also successfully implemented in such areas as mechanical engineering, the oil and gas sector, agriculture, transport and communications.
Cooperation in medical and sanitary-epidemiological fields, culture and education also remains a priority. More and more Turkmenistanis are coming to receive education in Russian institutions of higher education.
M.Mishustin expressed regret that the pandemic and the restrictions associated with it did not allow the previously planned joint cultural events to take place. As soon as the epidemiological situation normalizes, they will be held for sure.
The Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister thanked the head of the Russian government for the invitation to participate as a guest of honor at the meeting in Kazan. Berdymukhamedov noted that this was the first time his country participated in the meeting in such a status, and expressed hope that the meeting would result in new opportunities for mutually beneficial partnership.
The deputy chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan noted that his country pays much attention to interaction with the Russian Federation. He stressed that the dynamic development of Turkmen-Russian relations is based on an open political dialogue between the heads of the two countries.