State Duma ratifies the strategic partnership agreement between Russia and Turkmenistan

On 6 June 2018 the State Duma of the Russian Federation ratified the strategic partnership agreement between Russia and Turkmenistan.

Pursuant to the agreement, the countries will extend cooperation in combating terrorism, trans-border crime, corruption and drug trafficking. The executive summary of the document highlights that the strategic partnership of the two sides is committed to extending cooperation in political, economic and humanitarian areas, creating favourable conditions to ensure mutual security, countering global threats and challenges and strengthening regional stability.

The specific feature of the cooperation between the two countries is that immediately after withdrawal from the CIS Turkmenistan declared neutrality as a key principle in foreign affairs. However, this status does not prevent the state from participating in the majority of events organized by the Eurasian community, Parlamentskaya gazeta reports.

Let us recall that on 2 October 2017 the official visit of Vladimir Putin to Turkmenistan was held. On 7 April 2018 President of Russia proposed a federal bill to the State Duma on ratification of the strategic partnership agreement between Russia and Turkmenistan.

The document includes a number of articles, including the refusal to conclude agreements with third parties damaging sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of the other party, rendering mutual assistance in re-training and improving qualifications of the workforce in mass media, cooperation in combating terrorism and lt; and gt; and ensuring information security,

Pursuant to article 12 of the document, each of the parties defends the rights of its citizensresiding on the territory of the other party and renders assistance to them pursuant to international agreements concluded between them as well as generally recognized principles and norms of international law.

The parties ensure the protection of ethnic, language, cultural and religious identity of national groups residing on their territories, create conditions to preserve and develop their authenticity, the effective involvement of residents in cultural, social and economic life as well as in state affairs pursuant to laws of each party.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan