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Putin met with President of Moldova Igor Dodon

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with President of Moldova Igor Dodon in Sochi.


The discussion between Vladimir Putin and Igor Dodon focused, in particular, on topical issues of relations of Russia and Moldova. Presidents discussed the possible ways of settling the Transnistria conflict.
Vladimir Putin and Igor Dodon before their meeting in Sochi
Before the meeting of the Presidents of Russia and Moldova in Sochi.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov together with Deputy Prime Minister and Russian Co-Chair of the Russian - Moldovan Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation Dmitry Rogozin, and Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov attended the meeting on behalf of Russia.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Good afternoon, Mr. Dodon, colleagues,

As you know, this year we celebrated the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. Many events took place over these years, quite a few of them tragic, such as the Transnistria conflict.
Meeting with President of Moldova Igor Dodon in Sochi.
Meeting with President of Moldova Igor Dodon in Sochi.


It is in this context that we greatly value your efforts to normalize Russian-Moldovan relations. We can see that the process is not smooth but both the people of Moldova and the people of the Russian Federation are interested in a positive outcome.

I am glad to have this opportunity to discuss all aspects of our bilateral ties on the sidelines of the CIS summit.

President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon:

Mr. Putin, colleagues,

To begin with, I am very glad that it is almost exactly 10 months since we resumed the dialogue of our countries at the level of heads of state: the first meeting of presidents took place on January 17.

We made many positive changes over these 10 months but we also had problems that we must also discuss and assess objectively.

President of Moldova Igor Dodon
President of Moldova Igor Dodon.
During this period Moldova has substantially increased exports – by over 17 percent in the first seven months of the year; exports of some items increased multiple times over – for example, 19 times more exports of grapes and three times more exports of apples.

Owing to our agreements – and I would like to thank you once again for this – the problem of migrants has been resolved. Tens of thousands received an opportunity to settle their problems and obtain legal status or come to the Russian Federation again.

Of course, there were problems as well because not everyone is happy that our strategic partnership has resumed. There were attempts both inside and outside the country to provoke our leaders into confrontation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin with President of Moldova Igor Dodon.
I must say that despite all this, we continue normal contacts at the level of MP groups. For instance, Zinaida Greceanii will meet with Mr. Volodin tomorrow and is taking part in an important parliamentary event in St Petersburg.

During the next few weeks, we are planning to hold a meeting of the inter-parliamentary Friendship Group, which has not met for the past eight years. We have invited several dozen State Duma deputies to visit Moldova.

Delovaya Rossiya held a big event both in Moscow and Chisinau. Literally yesterday its Co-Chairman Igor Chaika was in Tiraspol and Comrat, and we had good meetings in Chisinau.

For the first time, the Moldovan delegation – over 400 young people – will take part in the youth festival in Sochi at the end of this week. We made sure they come from both the right and left banks.

Needless to say, we will discuss Transnistria in more detail. But I would like to thank you on behalf of the Moldovan people both from the left and right banks because in July of this year we marked the 25th anniversary of the peacekeeping operation.

This has been a successful operation, and I would like to thank you very much on behalf of the Moldovan people because the role of this peacekeeping operation in maintaining peace is very important.

Vladimir Putin at the meeting with President of Moldova Igor Dodon.
Vladimir Putin at the meeting with President of Moldova Igor Dodon.
Naturally, we had several meetings also with the leaders of Transnistria. We divide the resolution of all problems into two stages. We have a plan for resolving current issues. We drafted and submitted proposals on car license plates because there is a risk that the Ukrainians will block the resolution of this issue.

We have set forth proposals on landlines and recognition of university diplomas. These are short-term issues, and they must be settled now. I hope we will do this in the next few weeks.

As for the mid- and long-term perspective and political settlement, we understand that it will be only possible to resume their discussion after the parliamentary elections that will take place in Moldova next year.

I am sure this will be a pro-Moldovan parliament that will be motivated to resolve this very important problem. The resolution of the Transnistria issue is a strategic task for me. This is important for everyone – for the regions and the residents of both the left and right banks.

Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Dodon, you have just mentioned certain decisions that were made during or as a result of our talks. I am referring to liberalization related to labor migrants, opening certain segments of the Russian market for goods that are sensitive for Moldova’s economy, and some other matters.

I should say frankly that this was done not preemptively, so to speak, but to support your efforts to normalize Russian-Moldovan relations. We hope very much that people will see and appreciate this and will do all they can to support the forces in your country that are focused on further improving and developing Russian-Moldovan relations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
In the future, we will definitely be building our economic ties proceeding from the level of our political engagement. As of now, to reiterate, we would like to support your sincere intentions to restore and develop Russian-Moldovan relations.

For our part, we will also do our best to resolve the Transnistria conflict; you and I have repeatedly talked about that and we should certainly act as guarantors of the agreements that can and should eventually emerge in order to resolve this problem once and for all in the interest of the people living on that territory.

Igor Dodon:

Mr. President, the majority of citizens understand this very well and despite the provocations staged by the government and the parliamentary majority, they realize that the Russian Federation has taken a very balanced and wise approach toward these provocations.

Those were clear provocations because, believe me, hundreds of thousands of producers and those working in Russia, and not only those, are closely watching our meeting today.

Because there are circumstances, and certain people hope that there will be tougher attacks – well, not exactly attacks, but a response to the acts of lawlessness perpetrated by the Moldovan government against both migrants and exports.

I discussed this previously with Dmitry Rogozin in detail, when we met in Tehran: it is important that ordinary people are not affected. Over 60 percent of Moldovan citizens regard Russia as a friendly nation. All the efforts that have been made so far this year – people see them and see them in a positive light. On behalf of our citizens, once again thank you very much for this.

Vladimir Putin:

We feel the same for Moldova.

Igor Dodon:

Thank you very much.

Vladimir Putin met with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon in his Sochi residence, Bocharov Ruchei.

The meeting of Vladimir Putin and Emomali Rahmon took place behind closed doors.

Vladimir Putin with Emomali Rahmon in Bocharov Ruchei.
Vladimir Putin with Emomali Rahmon in Bocharov Ruchei.
From the Russian side the meeting was attended by:
  • Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
  • First Deputy Prime Minister and Co-Chair of the Russian-Tajikistani Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation Igor Shuvalov
  • Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov



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President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon in Sochi.
President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon in Sochi.
Vladimir Putin with President of Tajikistan in Bocharov Ruchei.
Vladimir Putin with President of Tajikistan in Bocharov Ruchei.
Vladimir Putin meeting with Emomali Rahmon in Sochi.
Vladimir Putin meeting with Emomali Rahmon in Sochi.
Vladimir Putin met with President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon in Sochi.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
Vladimir Putin greeting President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon in Sochi
Vladimir Putin greeting President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon in Sochi.
Vladimir Putin and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
Vladimir Putin and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.


Vladimir Putin held Russian - Saudi talks in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, who is in Russia on a state visit.

Russian-Saudi talks in expanded format. Moscow, Kremlin.
Russian - Saudi talks in expanded format. Moscow, Kremlin.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia discussed a broad range of issues of Russian-Saudi cooperation and prospects of enhancing bilateral cooperation in the trade, economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian areas. They also exchanged views on international issues.

A package of documents was signed following the talks.

The Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed an agreement on cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes and the road-map of trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the mid-term perspective.



The sides also signed interdepartmental memorandums of understanding and cooperation in the areas of communications and ICT, labor, social development and social protection, and the purchase of military goods and localization of their production. The documents signed include programs on cooperation in the fields of culture, agriculture, and the peaceful use of nuclear energy, as well as a contract on general terms of organizing licensed production of AK103 Kalashnikov rifles and different munitions.

An agreement to establish a $1 billion energy investment fund with the participation of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF), the Saudi Arabian Oil Company known as Saudi Aramcoand the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), as well as the agreement on investments of up to $100 million by the PIF and RDIV in the United Transport Concession Holding were signed.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia with President of Russia Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia with President of Russia Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.
In addition, an agreement on establishing a $1 billion high-tech investment fund, which provides for investment by the PIF and the RDIF.

The sides also signed an agreement on cooperation between Saudi Aramco, the RDIF and Sibur Holding on oil refining projects.

Beginning of talks between King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Your Majesty, colleagues and friends,

Let me cordially welcome you to Russia’s capital, Moscow. Thank you very much for accepting our invitation and coming on a visit. This is the first visit of the King of Saudi Arabia to Russia in the history of our relations, and this itself is a landmark event.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
Our relations have a fairly long history. In 1926, 90 years ago, even more, our country, the Soviet Union at that time, was the first state to recognize the newly formed Kingdom created by Abdulaziz bin Al Saud. And now we are very pleased to receive you here, Your Majesty. I am confident that your visit will serve as a good impetus for the development of our intergovernmental relations.

Welcome.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia:

I am grateful to you, Your Excellency, Mr. Putin, for the warm welcome.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
We are happy to visit your friendly country. We are striving to strengthen bilateral relations in the interests of peace and security, in the interests of developing the world economy.

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Beginning of Russian - Saudi talks in expanded format.

Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Your Majesty, colleagues. Allow me to welcome you once again, now in an expanded format.

We have just completed talks in narrow format, which were very in-depth. We spoke about our bilateral relations and the situation in the region. It was a very informative, substantive and trust-based discussion.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
I would like to say once again that we are glad to welcome the King of Saudi Arabia on a visit, which is the first in the history of our relations. I believe that this visit will give a new strong impetus to the development of bilateral relations.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia:

In the name of Allah most gracious, most merciful.

Gentlemen, Mr. Putin,

First of all, I would like to thank you, Mr. President, for your warm welcome and hospitality that we received in this friendly country.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia during Russian-Saudi talks in expanded format.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia during Russian-Saudi talks in expanded format.
We value the warm feelings towards our country that you expressed in your remarks. We enjoy visiting this friendly country to confirm our commitment to strengthening and improving the relations between our countries and peoples in various areas.

It should be noted that these relations are defined by common perspectives on many regional and international problems.

We continue coordinating our actions in every area that contributes to the higher security and prosperity in our states, in every area that promotes international peace and security. We are striving to continue the positive cooperation between our states to achieve stability in the global oil market, which will facilitate global economic growth.

We strongly believe that there are great opportunities to expand and diversify the scope of our economic cooperation, to establish the trade, economic and investment foundation that would enhance the use of our specifics for the benefit of our countries and in the interests of developing trade throughout industries according to the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia in the Kremlin.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia in the Kremlin.
The international community today is called upon to energize its efforts against extremism, terrorism and the sources of their financing. Realizing the enormous danger that terrorism and extremism pose for the security and stability of countries and peoples, Saudi Arabia called for establishing an international counter-terrorism center under the aegis of the UN and provided $110 million for this center. Saudi Arabia established a military Islamic coalition that now comprises 41 Muslim states, and initiated the opening of a global center in Riyadh to combat extremist ideology.

We are stressing the importance of putting an end to the suffering of the Palestinians, and speaking in favor of the Arab Peace Initiative and international law serving as a basis for achieving overarching, just and permanent peace that would ensure the Palestinians’ right to create their own independent state with a capital in East Jerusalem.

We are also stressing that the security and stability in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East is the most eagerly sought-after and essential prerequisite for achieving security and stability in the world. This requires that Iran abandon attempts to interfere in the domestic affairs of the states in the region and stop the activity that destabilizes the region.

We are stressing the significance of a political resolution of the Yemeni crisis based on the Persian Gulf states’ initiative, its implementation methods, the results of Yemen’s National Dialogue and UN Security Council Resolution 2216, which ensures Yemen’s unity, security and stability.

As concerns the Syrian crisis, we are committed to pushing for its resolution in line with the Geneva I decisions and UN Security Council Resolution 2254, to finding a political solution that would guarantee security, stability and Syria’s unity and territorial integrity. We call for the international community to take responsibility for the issues of Rohingya Muslims and find a solution that would protect them from violence and put an end to their suffering. We are also stressing the importance of preserving Iraq’s unity and territorial integrity and unification of the domestic front against terrorism. Finally, I am pleased to extend my invitation to the President to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to continue and complete our consultations, and to improve the cooperation between our countries in all areas. Thank you once again to you, Mr. Putin, and the Russian Government for the warm welcome and hospitality. We wish your country and the friendly Russian people further progress and prosperity.

Vladimir Putin:

Your Majesty, thank you very much. Thank you for the invitation. I remember my previous trip to your country, and by all means I accept your invitation to visit Saudi Arabia once again.

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Vladimir Putin held Russian - Venezuelan talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro in the Kremlin.


Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Maduro discussed bilateral cooperation, as well as political, trade and economic issues.
Russian - Venezuelan talks in Moscow. Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Maduro.
Russian - Venezuelan talks in Moscow. Vladimir Putin and Nicolas Maduro.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin

Mr. President, friends, colleagues,

I am very glad to welcome you in Moscow.

We met almost a year ago, last October, but we were always in contact and regularly spoke on the phone.


We see that Venezuela is going through challenging times but one gets the impression that you have nonetheless managed to establish some kind of contact with the political forces that are opposing you.

But our countries continue working, in particular, in the economic sphere. There has been a small decline in trade, and we believe it is beyond our control. There are some positives as well, including our continued work on our major projects.

Vladimir Putin at the meeting with President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro in the Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin at the meeting with President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro in the Kremlin.

We are very glad to see you and would like to thank you for taking part in the international event on the sidelines of which we are meeting today. Russian Energy Week may become a regular forum of considerable interest not only to professionals, participants in global energy markets, but also to representatives of the global economy more broadly.

I am very happy to have this opportunity to talk to you today both on political issues and trade and economic ties.

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro

To begin with, we are grateful to you for the reception accorded to us.

It is very important for us that we are continuously in contact and analyzing what is taking place in our bilateral relations. We are very grateful to you for the political and diplomatic support that you have given us in these difficult times with which we are gradually coping.

President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro in Moscow.
President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro in Moscow.

Attempts were made to impose on Venezuela a model that would shackle us and not allow us to use the resources that we have. The only way to deal with this is by actively working to resolve this issue and sincerely believing that our homeland will be able to take command.

I believe the visit is taking place at a very good time because Venezuela is in for an upswing: we are coping with our problems and starting to make forward progress. And now is the time when we can coordinate our plans for cooperation in the energy industry, agriculture and trade. We are very grateful to you for the agreement on wheat supplies that was signed. It helped us a lot, first of all in social terms.

So, I see our meeting as very positive and timely.


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Vladimir Putin with President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro in the Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin with President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro in the Kremlin.


Russian - Turkmenistani talks. Press statements.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made press statements following Russian - Turkmenistan talks.

Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made press statements following Russian Turkmenistan talks in Ashgabat.
Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made press statements following Russian Turkmenistan talks in Ashgabat.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Berdimuhamedov, friends.

It is my sincere pleasure to present a prestigious state award, the Order of Alexander Nevsky, to the President of Turkmenistan. Prominent political leaders of foreign states receive it for outstanding personal contributions to strengthening neighborly ties with Russia.

Mr. Berdimuhamedov, you are known in Russia as a consistent supporter of the closest possible strategic partnership between Russia and Turkmenistan. Our bilateral cooperation is developing on the solid foundation of friendship and mutual understanding, on the principles of equity and respect for each others interests, largely owing to your efforts.

Of course, your concern for the Russian language deserves special mention. Today, it is taught in the majority of Turkmen schools. Russian is also widely used as a language of inter-ethnic communication in Turkmenistan. We see in this your aspiration to work together to strengthen bilateral ties.


Russia respects Turkmenistan’s neutral status. We greatly value the role your country plays in ensuring peace and stability in Central Asia. We have supported your initiative – the UN General Assembly resolution to celebrate International Day of Neutrality.

A Turkmen proverb tells us that the source of prosperity lies in action. Literally in these past few years, Turkmenistan has made an impressive leap forward in its development, while the city of Ashgabat has become a jewel of Central Asia and a venue of large international forums.

The Fifth Asian Games were held in Ashgabat with great success in September. Moreover, Turkmenistan became the first Central Asian state to receive the right to host this large-scale competition in 21 sports, in which athletes from over 60 countries, primarily Asia and Oceania, took part.

In conclusion, I would like to cordially congratulate you once again on receiving the Order of Alexander Nevsky. Mr. Berdimuhamedov, I wish you excellent health, prosperity, and, of course, new successes in high office.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov:

Thank you.

Mr. Putin, naturally, I would like to express my gratitude for this high honor, the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

I see this award also as an award to the people of Turkmenistan, who consider Russia a friend, and as an obligation to strengthen our traditionally friendly relations based on mutual respect and trust.

Indeed, our countries have done a lot together over these years, especially in the areas that you have mentioned.

We are a neutral country and I can say that I am proud that Turkmenistan is the only neutral country about which the UN General Assembly has adopted two resolutions.

The policies that you relentlessly pursue in the interests of peace all over the world and your contribution are very important today, I would say, to all people on the planet.

Thank you once again for this high honor. I wish you great success in your presidential activities, and I wish all the best to the people of Russia.

Thank you.

Mr. Putin, ladies and gentlemen.

We held productive talks today during the official visit by President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Our talks were held in the spirit of openness, mutual trust and understanding.

We discussed Turkmenistan - Russian relations and their future and outlined the practical priorities of our cooperation.

Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made press statements.
Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made press statements.

We also confirmed the long-term strategic nature of our cooperation and expressed readiness to do everything in our power to strengthen and make use of the huge potential of partnership that is available in Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation.

We focused on strengthening global peace, stability and security. I would like to point out that Turkmenistan and Russia have similar or identical views on many international and regional political issues, which is an earnest of our successful cooperation on the global stage. We will continue to provide mutual assistance to each other at the UN and other respected international organizations, a practice that has proved to be very effective.

Our countries will continue to cooperate in the fight against modern global threats, such as terrorism, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. This cooperation will proceed at the bilateral level and also within the framework of international organizations.

We also held in-depth discussions on cooperation in Central Asia. In this context, we pointed to Russia’s regional importance as a major component of strategic stability in Eurasia, where large-scale energy, transport and environmental projects of global significance are being implemented. Turkmenistan has always upheld and will continue to uphold Russia’s vision in this sphere.

We also reaffirmed both countries’ commitment to our close cooperation in the Caspian Sea based on the principles of good-neighborliness, equality, mutual respect and consideration for the interests of all Caspian states.

Turkmenistan and Russia welcome and support the signing of multilateral agreements on Caspian cooperation in trade, the economy, transport and other areas. In this context, we noted the importance of using our countries’ port infrastructure on the Caspian Sea in Turkmenbashi and Astrakhan, and the ferry line linking them, as well as the planned Turkmen trade and logistics center in Astrakhan Region.

Turkmenistan and Russia both support the Afghan crisis resolution through political and diplomatic means on the basis of a broad nationwide dialogue and the leading role of the United Nations in that country’s integration into regional economic and infrastructure projects.

During the talks, we also noted the consistent and interested and, I would say, mutually beneficial nature of the trade and economic partnership between Turkmenistan and Russia, and confirmed our mutual readiness for its expansion, especially as regards diversifying and increasing the product range in mutual trade.

Energy, transport, telecommunications, agriculture, technology, services and several other sectors were singled out as priority areas.

Turkmenistan also welcomes the expansion of major Russian companies’ operation in the Turkmen market, emphasizing its long-term nature. In this context, we reaffirmed the importance of Turkmenistan’s trade and economic partnership with a number of Russian regions, something we are working on now.

The two countries’ cooperation in culture and the humanitarian sphere was also given the attention it deserves in the course of the talks. We reaffirmed our mutual readiness to expand it further, to promote contacts in culture, healthcare and sports.

We expressed appreciation for the standards of cooperation in research and education. This long-term and system-wide cooperation is growing stronger with every year, as you can see from the cooperation agreement signed during this visit between the leading universities and research centers in Turkmenistan and Russia.

This agreement offers great opportunities for research, student exchanges, as you have said, and the implementation of joint educational programs and projects. We highly appreciate and are grateful to Russia for its invariable support to the training of Turkmenistan professionals at Russian universities.

Ladies and gentlemen, this visit has confirmed that the Russian Federation is our reliable friend and a responsible and honest partner. We are grateful to Russia for its support to Turkmenistan’s political neutrality and international initiative on the current issues of global development. For its part, Turkmenistan always supports Russia’s constructive endeavors.

We are especially grateful to President of Russia Vladimir Putin for his great personal attention to cooperation with Turkmenistan. We are deeply satisfied with the results of this visit, during which we signed a large package of bilateral agreements in various spheres.

Turkmenistan and Russia have demonstrated yet again their resolve and striving for a close, multifaceted and long-term dialogue, which is in the interests of our peoples and is making a great contribution to maintaining and strengthening global peace, security and stability.

Thank you.

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to express my respect and to say that I am honored to award a state decoration to the President of Russia. As I have said, Turkmenistan as a neutral country conducts an open door policy under the UN auspices, and we award this decoration in recognition of Mr. Putin’s contribution to our cooperation.

Mr. Putin is a wise, prominent politician, who is doing a lot on matters of stability and security. Therefore, let me award this decoration to you.

I congratulate you on my own behalf and on behalf of the entire nation, and I would like once again to wish you great success in your state activities and again wish all the best, prosperity and happiness to the entire great people of Russia.

Vladimir Putin:

First of all, I would like to thank you for this state decoration.

Let me note in this connection that this is an award to our entire big team that has worked for years to create, without any exaggeration, a new type of interstate ties. What I have in view is that we were part of a single state for many years but now we are building relations at the level of sovereign countries and members of the United Nations and, to my mind, we are doing this very honorably and successfully while overcoming various difficulties that we encounter along the way. I am confident that in the future we will continue acting as effectively as we have until now.

As for our joint work today, I would like to note that the talks were held in a very constructive atmosphere. We have noted that our views coincide or are very close on practically all international issues.

We have exchanged information on the key and most acute points on the planet, we have compared notes on [the situation] in the post-Soviet space, and we have discussed the situation in Central Asia and Afghanistan.

We have certainly prioritized the development of trade, economic and humanitarian ties. We have noted that we have many good opportunities in various areas: This concerns machine-building, transport infrastructure, healthcare, education, science and culture.

Today you saw the signing of a hefty package of documents in practically all of these areas. I am confident that all of this will be implemented under the guidance of the Intergovernmental Commission that has operated for several years and done so quite successfully.

I would like to thank our hosts for organizing today’s meeting and for the atmosphere that has been created for today’s joint work.

Thank you very much.


Vladimir Putin in Ashgabat. Russian-Turkmenistani talks.

Ashgabat hosts talks between President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

Vladimir Putin with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Vladimir Putin with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Vladimir Putin, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and other participants in the limited attendance talks discussed current issues of relations between Russia and Turkmenistan. Following the talks, consultations were held with the participation of the delegations.


Following the talks, the two presidents signed the Joint Statement of the President of the Russian Federation and the President of Turkmenistan, as well as the Strategic Cooperation Treaty Between the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan. A package of intergovernmental and inter-agency cooperation documents was also signed.

Intergovernmental agreements were signed on cooperation in combating illicit trafficking of narcotics, psychotropic substances and their precursors; on the mutual establishment of migration agency offices; and on cooperation in industry, agriculture, sport, tourism. A protocol amending the Intergovernmental Agreement on Marine Transport of September 17, 2013 was also signed.

Vladimir Putin and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signing documents following Russian - Turkmenistan talks in Ashgabat.
Vladimir Putin and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signing documents following Russian - Turkmenistan talks in Ashgabat.
In addition, inter-agency documents were signed regarding cooperation in finance, healthcare, culture, standardization and metrology.

Vladimir Putin presented Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with a state award of the Russian Federation – the Order of Alexander Nevsky. The President of Turkmenistan was recognized for his significant personal contribution to strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries, and to stability and security in Central Asia.

Vladimir Putin presented the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with a state award of the Russian Federation – the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
Vladimir Putin presented the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov with a state award of the Russian Federation – the Order of Alexander Nevsky.
In turn, the President of Turkmenistan awarded Vladimir Putin the Order for Contributions to Developing Cooperation.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov presented Vladimir Putin with the Order for Contributions to Developing Cooperation.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov presented Vladimir Putin with the Order for Contributions to Developing Cooperation.

The two presidents also made press statements.

Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made press statements.
Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made press statements.

Later Vladimir Putin took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the People’s Memory memorial in Ashgabat.

Beginning of meeting with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.


President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov:

Mr. Putin, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for accepting our invitation to make an official visit to hospitable Turkmenistan.

We attach great importance to your visit, which is taking place in the year of the 25th anniversary of our diplomatic relations.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Over this period, we have created a solid and strategic legal framework for cooperation. It is notable that we are cooperating now not only in the bilateral but also in the multilateral format in politics and on the international stage, as well as in trade, the economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.

We highly appreciate the potential of our cooperation. We are glad that we have strengthened the contact between our parliaments, because legislative matters are vitally important for us. We view the further development of our capabilities in the interests of the peoples of Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation as a strategic priority.

I would like to thank you for your personal contribution, for everything you are doing to strengthen the friendship between our nations and to wish you success and all the best to the great people of Russia whom you represent.

We are happy to welcome you to Ashgabat.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Thank you very much.

I am grateful to you for inviting me here.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

We agreed on this meeting long ago. We meet with you regularly. The last time we met was in Sochi nearly a year ago, and I hope we will meet again very soon at an event within the CIS framework.

I fully agree with your assessment of our relations.

But I would like to begin our conversation by congratulating you on the successful hosting of the Asian Indoor Games. It was a spectacular event. I know it took Ashgabat and the entire country six years to prepare for the games and they did a huge amount of work (we just discussed that with your colleagues), and most importantly everything that was built can continue to be used in the future. I know that you have plans to hold international events and competitions, and I am sure that the citizens of Turkmenistan will be able to use all this too.

Russian-Turkmenistani talks in Ashgabat.
Russian-Turkmenistani talks in Ashgabat.
It was a major event and you did a great job, congratulations.

As for bilateral relations, I think this meeting comes at a good time, because, unfortunately, due to a number of factors beyond our control, trade has declined somewhat, so we have to discuss what needs to be done to reverse the situation and develop our trade and economic relations so that they steadily improve as they have in years past.

Once again, let me thank you for the invitation. I am sure our work together will be interesting and substantial.

Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov:

Thank you.

You mentioned sports. We essentially want to host international events together with Russia: plans call for hosting a weightlifting competition next year, then track cycling in 2019, swimming in 2020, and others. So, we are already discussing these sports. Thank you for the praise.

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The official meeting ceremony. Vladimir Putin with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The official meeting ceremony. Vladimir Putin with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The official meeting ceremony of Vladimir Putin in Ashgabat.
The official meeting ceremony of Vladimir Putin in Ashgabat.
Vladimir Putin with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat.
Vladimir Putin with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat.
The official greetings ceremony of Russian President in Turkmenistan.
The official greetings ceremony of Russian President in Turkmenistan.
Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov in Ashgabat, during Russian - Turkmenistani talks.
Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov in Ashgabat, during Russian - Turkmenistani talks.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Vladimir Putin with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Ashgabat.
Vladimir Putin signing documents following Russian - Turkmenistani talks in Ashgabat.
Vladimir Putin signing documents following Russian - Turkmenistani talks in Ashgabat.
Vladimir Putin took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the People’s Memory memorial in Turkmenistan.
Vladimir Putin took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the People’s Memory memorial in Turkmenistan.