On May 11, the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the countries of Central Asia and Russia was held in Ashgabat under the chairmanship of the head of the Halk Maslakhaty Milli Gengesh (upper house of parliament) Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov .
Russia was represented at the event by the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament (Federation Council) Valentina Matvienko .
“We are opening a new page in the history of inter-parliamentary cooperation in the CIS space and in the Eurasian space as a whole,” Matvienko is quoted by her press service.
According to her, in 2021, Russia's trade with the countries of Central Asia amounted to about $37 billion, significantly exceeding the figures for previous periods. Almost 17,000 enterprises operate in the region with the participation of Russian capital, and hundreds of agreements have been concluded between the constituent entities of Russia and the regions of Central Asian countries.
The head of the Federation Council added that Russia is also interested in improving the level of security in the region .
According to Matvienko, we are talking about countering international terrorism and extremism, the violent overthrow of power and attempted coups .
“We are interested in the constant development of a multilateral dialogue on these issues, maintaining such cooperation mechanisms as the CSTO, the SCO, the Conferences on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia,” Matviyenko added.
According to Valentina Matvienko, the world is once again entering a period of turbulence . “This process has become a natural result of the aggravation of interstate contradictions, the loosening of traditional ideas about international law and attempts to replace it with dubious “rules” that are applied in the interests of one small group of states, the so-called collective West.”
Evidently, Valentina Matviyenko is referring to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing Western sanctions against the Russian side, although she did not speak about it directly. In Turkmenistan, the topic of the war in Ukraine is bypassed by the local media. When discussing the situation in international organizations, the Turkmen authorities also ignore this issue: on March 2, Turkmenistan did not take part in the voting on the UN General Assembly Resolution “Aggression against Ukraine”, and on April 7, it did not take part in the voting on the exclusion of Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. At the same time, at the end of April, Ashgabat sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine , without naming the reasons why the Ukrainian side needed help.
Touching upon the topic of the Russian language , Matvienko noted that Russia is developing projects aimed at teaching the younger generation of Central Asian states the Russian language and introducing it to Russian culture.
“ Russian-language schools play a special role in this process , and the Russian Teacher Abroad project covers six countries, including Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan,” the Federation Council speaker said.
Then Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov awarded Valentina Matvienko with the Order of Turkmenistan “For contribution to the development of cooperation” - the anniversary medal “IPA CIS. 30 years".
As a result of the event
• The Ashgabat Declaration of the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Countries of Central Asia and Russia was adopted.
• an Agreement on cooperation was signed between the Federation Council and the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan;
• An Agreement was signed between the Halk Maslakhaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan and the Majlisi milli Majlisi Oli of Tajikistan.
The meeting was attended by Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Maulen Ashimbaev , Chairman of the Jogorku Kenesh of Kyrgyzstan Talant Mamytov, Chairman of the Majlisi Milli of the Majlisi Olia of Tajikistan Rustami Emomali , Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan Tanzila Narbayeva , Secretary General - Head of the Secretariat of the IPA CIS Council Dmitry Kobitsky .
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan