Putin and Berdimuhamedov meet in Moscow
Today, the Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Moscow.
The two leaders discussed key issues of bilateral cooperation and exchange views on important regional issues during the talks.
Russian President noted that "despite the known economic difficulties", the trade turnover between the two countries is growing. "The imports from your country to us has doubled in 2015. But, of course, there is still work to do," the head of state added.
In addition, Putin congratulated his counterpart on the 25th anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence. "Next year, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries," the Russian leader reminded.
According to the Turkmen president, the work of the intergovernmental commission is of great importance. "There is a lot of potential for both our countries. Remember our last meeting in Astrakhan at the Caspian summit - there was an idea to create an economic forum or a logistics center," RIA Novosti cited him as saying. "You attach great importance to the development of transport and transit corridors," Berdimuhamedov told Putin.
Turkmen President also reminded that the Russian leader has supported these ideas.
Berdimuhamedov invited the Russian president to participate in a global conference on transport, which will be held in Turkmenistan under the auspices of the UN on November 26-27.
In addition, he touched on cooperation between scientists of the two countries in the agricultural sector. "During the last five years, we have provided a good harvest for our country, our people, and even became the exporter," Berdimuhamedov said. He proposed to hold the Science and Technology Forum in Ashgabat in 2017.
The Russian President thanked him and promised to study the proposals. "I believe that the implementation of these ideas will benefit our relations," he explained. According to Putin, all these areas are important not only for Turkmenistan, but also for Russia.
The Russian leader also noted that "there are good contacts between the parliaments." He added that the head of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko "loves Turkmenistan" and often visits it.
Noting the Turkmen President's role in the development of bilateral relations, Putin stressed that the relations between Moscow and Ashgabat will continue developing.