Expressing his gratitude to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the highest state decoration the Title of the Hero of Turkmenistan and the Altyn Ay Medal, Russian space pilot Oleg Kononenko said that this was not just the recognition of his merits. The award is a symbol of unbreakable bonds with my homeland my beloved Turkmenistan, Kononenko highlighted. I am proud to have been born in this wonderful country, which is advancing rapidly and has achieved unprecedented success in its economy, social sector, foreign policy, science, culture, art and sport.
As a person who carries out space exploration, I am delighted that Turkmenistan is taking steps in this sector, having launched its first artificial satellite. I have special feelings for the country and it always makes me very glad to hear about its achievements that are really incontestable. Present day Turkmenistan is a fast developing state, enjoying peace and harmony as well a high international standing.
The Russian space pilot extended his gratitude for the special care, and offered his congratulations to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the nation on Independence Day, having wished well being and more success ahead.
Source: Turkmenistan: the Golden Age Online Newspaper