The Agreement between the Government of Turkmenistan and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community on the Establishment and Privileges and Immunities of the Delegation of the European Union in Turkmenistan was signed in Ashgabat.
The event that is, the signing of the document between the EU and Turkmenistan was predictable, and therefore expected. But it seems that the majority, having learned that from the other side there is also a Euroatom, will most likely be surprised.
Although what is the question? Three years ago, at the next General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, a resolution was adopted on the admission of Turkmenistan to the IAEA. Six months later, Turkmenistan became a full member, having undergone certain formal procedures, to put it simply – “after the deposit instrument of Turkmenistan’s adoption of the IAEA Statute by the depositary, which is the United States”.
Moreover, the priorities of the policy of Turkmenistan and the statutory provisions of the International Atomic Energy Agency, as they say, “coincide or are close.” After all, the IAEA is an international structure from the United Nations system that fights for peace by its own means and forces, with the help of Agency member countries and partners scattered around the peace, promoting the peaceful, safe and reliable use of nuclear technology.
In other words, if Turkmenistan wants to establish stability, cooperation and peace on the planet through the diversification of gas export routes, then Euratom is using a set of actions under the slogan “Atoms are for peaceful development”.
Although an atom is not one for man alive. The agreement written today was a significant event in the development of relations between Turkmenistan and the European Union.
The document was signed by the Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, which happened after their official meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
According to the head of European diplomacy, this agreement opens the EU 142 delegation in the world and strengthens its diplomatic presence in Central Asia.
In three places of the official report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, there are following points related to the discussed topics: “The parties discussed the intensification of multilateral cooperation between the European Union and Turkmenistan … key areas of the new European Union Strategy for Central Asia … important projects in the field of transport systems and regional energy infrastructure, including construction of the gas pipeline Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India”.
And such a multifaceted approach was predictable, given the plans of the European Union to strengthen its influence in Central Asia in general, and in Turkmenistan in particular.