Moscow appreciates the position of Turkmenistan on the key issues of development cooperation in Central Asia, given Turkmenistan's neutral status, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said after talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in the town of Turkmenbashi.
"This is a difficult region, and a lot depends on Turkmenistan. That is why our efforts to counter the main threats represent an exceptional and productive cooperation," he said.
According to the President of Turkmenistan, the country's position is "clear and open." "As a state with a permanent neutrality status we favor the establishment of a sustainable system of security in the Central Asian region based on the multilateral balance of interests," said Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The parties also called for the development of the Caspian Sea cooperation, which meets the interests of all five littoral states.