Lukashenko assigned a new Ambassador to Ashgabat to settle the situation with the Garlyk Plant

Lukashenko assigned a new Ambassador to Ashgabat to settle the situation with the Garlyk Plant

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko stands for normalization of relations with Turkmenistan. Today, he declares this, appointing a new Ambassador to Ashgabat – Vyacheslav Beskosty, BelTA News Agency reports.

“We always had brilliant and good relations with Turkmenistan. And the problems that exist today (they exist and will always exist with any states) – it is necessary to meet with officials who were engaged in the construction there, especially the Garlyk Plant, it is essential to get out of this situation with dignity. It won’t do that we start to arrange disassembly in courts with the friendly nation,” said the Belarusian leader.

The head of Belarus emphasized, “It is necessary to talk with Mr. Myasnikovich (Belarusian Prime Minister from 2010 to 2014) – he is dealing with this problem closely, to talk with those who built it (Garlyk Mining and Processing Plant), once again to clarify what problems and how we will solve them.”

Garlyk Mining and Processing Plant, built by “Belgorkhimprom” JSC in the east of Turkmenistan, was officially put into operation on March 31, 2017, two years behind the scheduled date, and through no fault of Ashgabat. However, Turkmenistan put in place of the Belarusian side and agreed to the commissioning of the enterprise not in 2015, but in spring of 2017.

However, when even after more than a year, to bring the complex to the planned production figures fell flat, Ashgabat called Belarusian contractors to take the situation.

Judge for yourself, the contractor’s declared production capacity in the first year in amount of 350 thousand tons was not achieved even by 5%. Having the full right to file a claim to international arbitration, the Turkmen side, first of all, wanted to tackle this issue through negotiations between economic entities of the two countries, without bringing it to the political level.

After all, Turkmenistan paid more than one billion dollars for the potash plant. In addition, there is such a concept as “lost profits” in law. That is, under the contract for more than two years, the potash plant should produce potash fertilizers, being in demand in Turkmenistan and in the region, but more than two years it is actually idle.

But all is well that ends well, and here the words of the Belarusian President inspire with optimism. I’d like to believe that the misunderstanding (I hope it is quite so) with potassium plant will end very soon to the great delight of the parties.

Nury AMANOV