On 15 August, 2018 the meeting of Russia's President Vladimir Putinwith Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedovwas held in Sochi.
� We have recently seen each other within the framework of 5 Caspian States meeting where we signed a very important document regulating the situation on the Caspian Sea, � the Kremlin's public affairs office quotes the Russian leader. � We will have a separate conversation about our bilateral relations. As you have proposed, we will do it informally � let us just sit down and discuss all the issues which are of interest for our bilateral relations: economic and social issues, our interaction in the humanitarian area and our activities on the global arena. According to the diplomats, our positions here are very similar or are almost the same. We are working very closely and efficiently with each other.
Berdymukhammmedov extended his gratitude for the meeting in a beautiful city of Sochi and added that Turkmenistan is undertaking a lot of efforts in implementing the issues of partnership.
� Taking advantage of the opportunity, as they say better late than never � I would like to compliment you on the outstanding 2018 FIFA World Cup which had been organized on the high level. Please once again allow me to extend my congratulations, � the President of Turkmenistan emphasized and once again thanked Vladimir Putin for his personal contribution in strengthening the friendship ties between the two countries.
Berdymukhammedov subsequently highlighted that there are a lot of issues which need to be discussed, including international trends, trade, economic and social issues and then wished Putin great success in his government affairs and prosperity, happiness and well-being to the people of Russia.
� I remember how warmly you hosted me in Ashgabat during my official visit. I hope today I will be able to pay back with the traditional Russian hospitality, � the Russian President responded.
On 2 October, 2017 Vladimir Putin paid an official visit to Turkmenistan.
On 11 October, 2017 the bilateral meeting between the Presidents was held in Sochi where Berdymukhammedov presented an alabai puppy to President Putin.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan