The Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation noted that the topic of interregional cooperation is an integral part of the bilateral parliamentary dialogue with Turkmenistan. "In addition to the Astrakhan region, Tatarstan and St. Petersburg have been successfully working with Turkmenistan for a long time, Chelyabinsk Region is actively involved. Sixty subjects of the Russian Federation maintain ties with Turkmenistan in one way or another," Valentina Matvienko said. She expressed hope that during the next visit to Russia Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will visit one of the Russian regions.
"We have great respect for the policy of positive neutrality pursued by your state. However, we believe that Turkmenistan could join the Convention on the IPA CIS in order to continue working in the Organization as a full participant," the speaker of the Federation Council also said. This is stated in a message on the website of the Federation Council.
Valentina Matvienko invited Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to take part in the events of the IPA CIS, the nearest of which will be held next spring in St. Petersburg.
As already reported, during a meeting in the capital of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed an agreement on the establishment of an Interparliamentary Commission on Cooperation between SF and Halk Maslahaty Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan.
Valentina Matvienko proposed to hold the first meeting of this commission in Moscow and Astrakhan.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Valentina Matvienko noted that more attention should be paid to the development of economic ties, and first of all, in the field of energy. "We are united in the fact that in modern conditions, bilateral cooperation in this area, coordination of efforts in the global energy markets is of key importance for both states. We, the parliamentarians, will do everything to strengthen the cooperation of our countries in this direction."