Flag of Turkmenistan and the book “Turkmenistan – the heart of the Great Silk Road” – on board the ISS

The Russian cosmonaut, Hero of the Russian Federation and holder of the Order of Turkmenistan Prezidentin A�yldyzy, a native of Turkmenistan Oleg Kononenko, who currently heads the mission on the International Space Station (ISS), addressed President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

Congratulating the Turkmen leader and all Turkmen citizens on the New Year, the cosmonaut said that it is a great honor for him to demonstrate the flag of Turkmenistan and the book of the head of state Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road from the ISS. He specifically took them with him to another space expedition, launched on December 3, 2018, as a sign of deep respect for his Motherland and the policy of peace, creation and common prosperity pursued by the Turkmen leader.

The cosmonaut also noted that he has special feelings for the country where he was born and grew up, he is proud and rejoices at her achievements.

Your book, Oleg Kononenko stressed, addressing President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, symbolizes from cosmic heights the universal recognition of the country's successes achieved in the year that passed under the slogan Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road.

Our countryman expressed confidence that the space program of Turkmenistan launched several years ago will continue its development, and over time, our other compatriots will join the cosmonaut corps, glorifying their Motherland.