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Turkmenistan: Lavrov meets Berdimuhamedow to boost economic and security ties00:35

Turkmenistan: Lavrov meets Berdimuhamedow to boost economic and security ties

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat
January 28, 2016 at 12:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in Ashgabat, Thursday, to shore up cooperation on security and economic issues for the forthcoming year.

Lavrov told Berdimuhamedow that Moscow stood ready to help protect Turkmenistan's southern borders with Afghanistan amid growing concern about violence in the region. The Russian Foreign Minister added that the current measures taken by Turkmenistan's President are more than likely sufficient safeguards for the moment.

As well as boosting trade and economic ties, Lavrov and Berdimuhamedow held discussions on further cooperation between the 'Caspian Five' group, which also includes Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. Russia and Turkmenistan are also due to sign a cooperation agreement on fighting militants, drug smuggling and organised crime.

Sergei Lavrov arrived in Ashgabat on Wednesday on a two-day visit to Turkmenistan and has already officially opened the new building for the Russian Embassy in the country's capital. During his visit, Lavrov also met with the Turkmenistan's Foreign Minister Rashit Meredov to sign a multi-issue cooperation agreement between Russia and Turkmenistan.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in Ashgabat, Thursday, to shore up cooperation on security and economic issues for the forthcoming year.

Lavrov told Berdimuhamedow that Moscow stood ready to help protect Turkmenistan's southern borders with Afghanistan amid growing concern about violence in the region. The Russian Foreign Minister added that the current measures taken by Turkmenistan's President are more than likely sufficient safeguards for the moment.

As well as boosting trade and economic ties, Lavrov and Berdimuhamedow held discussions on further cooperation between the 'Caspian Five' group, which also includes Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. Russia and Turkmenistan are also due to sign a cooperation agreement on fighting militants, drug smuggling and organised crime.

Sergei Lavrov arrived in Ashgabat on Wednesday on a two-day visit to Turkmenistan and has already officially opened the new building for the Russian Embassy in the country's capital. During his visit, Lavrov also met with the Turkmenistan's Foreign Minister Rashit Meredov to sign a multi-issue cooperation agreement between Russia and Turkmenistan.

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