Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

02/06/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/06/2019 04:56

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov,[...]

Mr Meredov,

Thank you very much for your cordial reception. As you have said, a very important conversation with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took place. We appreciated the attention accorded to the Russian delegation by the leader of Turkmenistan and the atmosphere that was clearly manifested during this conversation, that is, to further strengthen our strategic partnership under a treaty signed just over a year ago during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Turkmenistan.

We also value our foreign policy cooperation. This year, it will assume special significance in the context of Turkmenistan's presidency of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and in the light of the fact that your country will host the first economic forum of Caspian littoral states in history.

We greatly value our entire cooperation which is always partner-like and open. We would like such collaboration to continue in the future. Today's conversation will allow us to move along this road.