Astana, 18 October 2022 (TDI): The Central Asia-Russia Summit was held in Astana on October 14, 2022, with the agenda including opportunities for deepening cordial relations and further strategic cooperation in the six-sided format.

It should be noted that Turkmenistan, which is implementing a constructive foreign policy strategy under President Serdar Berdimuhamedov’s leadership, is making a constructive contribution to strengthening friendship and mutual understanding.

It will do so with all interested parties by establishing effective formats for close and mutually beneficial ties in politics, economics, culture, and humanitarian spheres.

Turkmenistan’s path to these objectives and activity aimed at building a healthy conversation between Central Asian and Russian countries is founded on a solid historical foundation and a wealth of interaction experience.

In this regard, it is important to note that the foundation for the meeting of the heads of state of Turkmenistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan was laid in May this year.

It was decided at the high-level Inter-Parliamentary Forum of Central Asian and Russian Federation countries held in Ashgabat on the initiative of the former Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

In his speech, Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov emphasized the importance of continuing close multifaceted cooperation between Central Asian countries and Russia on the main aspects of the world and regional agenda.

The agenda includes ensuring peace, stability, and security as key factors in the states’ successful development, expanding and deepening integration of economic and trade ties, and solving social and humanitarian problems.

Several important efforts and ideas were made during the address with the objective of advancing the countries’ engagement in the political, diplomatic, trade, economic, cultural, and humanitarian domains within this encouraging framework.

A thorough discussion on current issues of cooperation between the Russian Federation and Central Asian nations took place during the summit.

The implementation of past interstate agreements was analyzed and reviewed at the same time, and priority areas for additional cooperative actions were determined.

The question of preserving close interpersonal ties between the six countries was the most crucial item on the agenda.

In this regard, it was noted that there was a need for collective action to safeguard and fortify in every way ties of friendship, good neighborliness, strategic collaboration, and alliance that date back hundreds of years.

The attendees of the summit were all in agreement that the new format would encourage dialogue in Central Asia and that the agreements made would solidify the foundation of ties between those states and the Russian Federation.

A Joint Declaration of the Heads of State was adopted as a result of the summit and covers important topics of regional cooperation in the Eurasian region.

The text also discusses the potential for increased collaboration in the fields of trade and economics, politics and security, and culture and humanitarianism.