The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan issued a statement to the press in connection with the appearance of reports in recent days in the Russian media, "giving unreasonable interpretation of some aspects of the energy policy of Turkmenistan, including those related to the implementation of the projects for delivery of Turkmen energy resources to the international markets."
In particular, referring to some Russian officials, there is the mention of "freezing" the Caspian pipeline project, as well as the lack of prospects for Turkmen cooperation in the gas sphere in the European direction. At the same time, a statement was made about the readiness of Russian companies to "connect" to the gas pipeline project Turkmenistan - Afghanistan - Pakistan - India (TAPI).
In this regard, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said that such information is baseless. Moreover, the statements contained in such publications are regarded by Turkmenistan as an attempt to interfere with the normal course of international cooperation of Turkmenistan in the energy sphere and cast doubt on its obligations to its partners.
The press release notes that in 2007 Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation signed the documents for construction of the Caspian pipeline, under which Turkmenistan has begun construction of its own segment of the pipeline. Therefore, the reported suspension of the project, based on the statements of Russian officials, is perplexing. "Apparently, the notifying party either does not comply or is unwilling to meet its obligations," the Foreign Ministry said.
There are equally unsubstantiated assertions about the absence of the opportunities for Turkmenistan in the European gas market. "Turkmenistan is developing links with Europe, and quite effectively. The Turkmen side has entered into several agreements with major European companies, who have shown themselves as reliable, fair and predictable partners, including in the energy sector. This interaction is reasonable and follows appropriate economic and commercial logic. For Turkmenistan, it is even more relevant at a time when the Russian side has reduced the volumes of purchase of Turkmen natural gas. And, therefore, in accordance with the international law and on reciprocal basis, Turkmenistan will continue to strengthen the European vector of its energy policy and address questions about the selection of partners," the statement says.
As for the allegations about the readiness of the Russian companies to participate in TAPI, then, according to the Turkmen side, no such agreements exist at this point. The participation of companies from other states not party to the project may be addressed by the countries directly involved in the project - Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India under a joint agreement.
"The energy policy of Turkmenistan is based on developing mutually beneficial partnership across a broad geographical range, and scrupulously respecting its obligations. In this context, to question the principles of mutual relations of Turkmenistan with its partners through unverified statements in the media seems counterproductive.
Turkmenistan hopes that the future statements of the Russian officials will be guided by a sense of responsibility and realism," the Turkmen Foreign Ministry emphasized.