On April 6, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Russian-Turkmen diplomatic relations, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova , noted that "Moscow highly appreciates the neutral status of Turkmenistan, which in fact is a factor in maintaining peace, security and stability in the Central Asian region."
On April 7, Turkmenistan did not take part in the vote to exclude Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. The rest of the countries of the Central Asian region voted against.
As a result, 93 countries supported the suspension of Russia's membership in the UNHRC, 24 - against, 58 - abstained.
According to CNN, Russian representatives circulated a message ahead of the vote, warning that even abstention or non-participation would be seen as an unfriendly gesture.
Nevertheless, the next day, April 8, Presidents of Turkmenistan and Russia Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Vladimir Putin exchanged congratulatory letters on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.
“We in Turkmenistan attach particular importance to the steady development of relations with Russia,” the state news agency TDH quoted the head of state as saying on April 8 .
Berdimuhamedov also spoke in favor of continuing work to promote direct contacts between business circles, as well as building up interaction between government structures in order to fully unlock the existing potential.
In a message on behalf of Putin, it is said that between the countries "bilateral cooperation is dynamically developing in the political, trade, economic, energy, humanitarian and many other spheres." This is reported by TASS with reference to the press service of the Kremlin.
The President expressed confidence that the countries would ensure further expansion of partnerships in all areas. Putin stressed that this fully meets the interests of friendly peoples, and also "goes in line with strengthening security and stability in Central Asia and the Caspian."
Recall that on March 2, Turkmenistan also did not take part in the voting on the Resolution of the UN General Assembly "Aggression against Ukraine".
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan