Turkmenistan is a key partner of Ukraine among the countries of Central Asia. This statement was made by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkmenistan Viktor Maiko in an interview with the newspaper “Neutral Turkmenistan” on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries, which was published on October 10.
The diplomat also noted that in most cases Ukraine supports the Turkmen initiatives in the UN, acting as their co-author.
Then he recalled that Altcom Road Construction is building a highway across the Garabogaz Bay in the Balkan velayat, and Yug-Neftegaz signed a contract with the Türkmengeologiýa state corporation to conduct 3D and 2D studies in the eastern part of the Goturdepe oil and gas field and in the area Southern Burun in the west of Turkmenistan.
Separately, the “successful and efficient work” in Turkmenistan of Ukrainian companies – Interbudmontazh, Sumy Frunze Machine-Building Research and Production Association, Interpipe Ukraine, Zorya-Mashproekt, Kryukov Carriage Works and many others in the implementation of state-level projects was noted.
According to the official, in 2021, the total trade turnover between Ukraine and Turkmenistan increased by 69.3% compared to 2020. It was also said that the interest of Ukrainian business in the Turkmen market is growing every year, “therefore, the opening of branches and representative offices of Ukrainian agricultural and processing enterprises, as well as joint ventures in Turkmenistan, will have a positive effect on the development of the economies of both countries.”
“In order to increase trade turnover, it is necessary to intensify the work of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation and create a Business Council, which will include heads and representatives of the most active and reputable companies,” Viktor Maiko believes.
According to him, Turkmenistan is showing interest in Ukrainian products: ferrous metal products, railway locomotives, wagons, turbines, pumps, industrial cranes, agricultural machinery, pharmaceutical products, paper, cardboard and other goods.
In addition, Ukraine is ready to help Turkmenistan introduce smart city technology in Akhal City and Ashgabat City, as well as increase the volume and expand the supply of agricultural products to the Turkmen market.
Speaking about the topic of education, Maiko said that “more than 16,000 young people from Turkmenistan studied in Ukraine at one time. In 2021, their number , due to a number of objective reasons , was more than 5 thousand students, but we believe that in the near future the number of students will increase significantly.”
Victor Maiko also thanked the Turkmen side for the humanitarian aid sent on April 26.
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