Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov with the Order of Friendship . The corresponding Decree of May 18 was published on the official Internet portal of legal information.
“For a great contribution to strengthening the strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan, award the Order of Friendship to Serdar Gurbangulyevich Berdimuhamedov,” the document says.
Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation
On April 8, the presidents held a telephone conversation on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries, during which Putin invited Berdymukhammedov Jr. to visit Russia. The head of Turkmenistan agreed.
At a meeting with Serdar Berdimuhamedov on May 12, Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko conveyed to him "greetings from Vladimir Putin and confirmation of the invitation to pay a visit to Russia."
In 2017, with the same wording - "for his great personal contribution to strengthening the strategic partnership between the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan," Putin awarded President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov . However, Berdymukhammedov Sr. received not the Order of Friendship, but the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
Source: Turkmenistan State News Agency-TDH