On June 28, in Ashgabat, on the sidelines of the meeting of foreign ministers of the Caspian states dedicated to the preparation of the Sixth Caspian Summit, a bilateral meeting was held between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov .
The parties discussed topical issues of bilateral relations, in particular, ways to deepen cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian sphere and in the field of education. Particular attention was paid to security issues in the Caspian region, Central Asia and neighboring countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports .
“The Russian side highly appreciated the policy of neutrality of Turkmenistan, as well as other initiatives of Ashgabat, incl. in the field of strengthening biological security in the region,” the information message says.
Sergey Lavrov also noted that "unlike some states proclaiming different concepts in the international arena, Turkmenistan is committed to a policy of neutrality," according to a message posted on the official Twitter account of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
According to TASS , Lavrov also noted that Moscow values bilateral relations with Ashgabat.
“We greatly appreciate our bilateral relations, we appreciate the contribution that respected Gurbanguly Myalikgulyevich Berdimuhamedov has made and continues to make to their strengthening ,” Lavrov said. “Thank you for the warm greetings that you conveyed to me ( from the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov - TASS note ), this is really flattering to me,” the diplomat said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan has not yet announced the talks.
Recall that at the meeting of the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov in Moscow on June 10 with the head of Russia Vladimir Putin , the latter also noted that “Russia respects the neutral status of Turkmenistan, the desire of the country's leadership to promote sustainable and stable development in the Central Asian region and in the world in as a whole."
On March 2, Turkmenistan did not take part in the voting on the Resolution of the UN General Assembly “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 humanitarian support.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan