Russia–Turkmenistan relations

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Russia–Turkmenistan relations
Map indicating locations of Russia and Turkmenistan



Russia–Turkmenistan relations (Russian: Российско-туркменские_отношения) refers to the bilateral relationship between Russia and Turkmenistan. Russia has an embassy in Ashgabat and a consulate-general in Türkmenbaşy. Turkmenistan has an embassy in Moscow.

Recently, Russian–Turkmenistan relations have revolved around Russia's efforts to secure natural gas export deals from Turkmenistan. Russia is competing with China, the European Union, and the United States for access to Turkmenistan's rich supply of hydrocarbons.[1] The two countries often lock horns over price negotiations for gas exports to Russia.[2][3]

Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has agreed to help supply and expand the Russian-backed Pricaspiysky pipeline, however no action has yet occurred towards this goal.[4]

2008 meeting[edit]

Medvedev with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow in Ashgabat on 4 July 2008.

Dmitry Medvedev and Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov discussed the prospects of further expanding their trade and economic ties. Particular attention was given to cooperation in energy and transport. The parties reviewed the implementation of multilateral agreements on the construction of Caspian gas pipeline and the development of existing gas transportation facilities in Central Asia. They also discussed the organisation of a direct rail-ferry service starting from the port of Astrakhan.[5]

The parties exchanged views on important international and regional issues, and cooperation between Russia and Turkmenistan within the framework of international organisations.[5]

Following high-level talks between Russia and Turkmenistan the parties adopted a Joint Declaration. The document states that the two presidents confirm the strategic nature of relations between Russia and Turkmenistan and stress that these relations are gradually developing in a wide range of areas.[5]

A number of documents were signed in the presence of the heads of state. In particular, the Agreement on Cooperation between the Governments of Russia and Turkmenistan on the Protection of Classified Information. The countries' ministries of culture signed a Memorandum of Cooperation and an Agreement on Cooperation in Education. The countries' ministries of foreign affairs signed a cooperation programme for 2008-2009.[5]

The presidents of Russia and Turkmenistan also made statements to the press.[5]

Speaking at the opening ceremony, President Dmitry Medvedev expressed his hope that cooperation between Turkmenistan and Russia will develop, and stressed that Russia is always open to meaningful and committed partnership.[6]

The presidents toured the new centre, accompanied by the chief executive of KamAZ, Sergei Kogogin. The head of the company described the technical features of the vehicles, noting in particular that they are capable of working in temperatures ranging from minus 45 to plus 50 degrees.[6]

The open joint stock company KamAZ is Russia's largest automotive corporation. Its vehicles account for 36 percent of the Russian market.[6]

It has assembly plants in six foreign countries: Poland, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Ethiopia and Vietnam.[6]

One of its affiliated companies has been working in Turkmenistan since May 2006.[6]

To ensure warranty and post-warranty service a temporary centre in Ashgabat has been opened. The servicing of vehicles is done by experts from the KamAZ factory. The new service centre was founded in May 2007. It houses not only a working area but also classrooms and offices.[6]


  1. ^ Associated Press (2008-07-04). "Russian president in Turkmenistan to consolidate Kremlin's grip on Central Asian energy". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  2. ^ Blagov, Sergei (2008-12-30). "Russia faces a collapse of its economic and political clout". Eurasianet. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  3. ^ Trilling, David (2009-04-15). "Pipeline spat with the Kremlin turns into a political test of strength". Eurasianet. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
  4. ^ Blank, Stephen (2008-07-02). "Russian president strives for a breakthrough moment in Caspian basin energy game". Eurasianet. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  5. ^ a b c d e "High-level Russian-Turkmenistani talks were held in Ashgabat". Ashgabat: Presidential Press and Information Office. 4 July 2008. Archived from the original on 1 May 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "President Dmitry Medvedev and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov attended the opening ceremony of a KamAZ service centre". Ashgabat: Presidential Press and Information Office. 5 July 2008. Archived from the original on 1 May 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011.

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