Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov is heading for Turkmenistan on a two-day working visit to discuss with the leadership of the country prospects for expanding economic relations and increasing trade. This was reported by ITAR-TASS with reference to the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko.
"During the visit the sides plan to discuss prospects for expanding mutually beneficial economic relations, increasing trade and cooperation between Russian regions and Turkmenistan," the Russian diplomat said.
"Russia highly values the relations with Turkmenistan and attaches great importance to further strengthening and development of mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation and interaction in political, trade-economic, cultural, educational and other fields," said Andrey Nesterenko. The program of Lavrov's visit includes meetings with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Vice-Premier, Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov.
"There will be an exchange of views on topical international issues, the situation in Central Asia, the expansion of cooperation between the foreign ministries of Russia and Turkmenistan, Nesterenko said. Russia believes that the visit will further strengthen the traditionally friendly Turkmen-Russia relations and development of fruitful cooperation."