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Neutral Turkmenistan Chooses A Side In Afghan Conflict

Bruce Pannier

Turkmenistan's official policy of positive neutrality appears to have been slightly punctured, and the source of this perforation is Afghanistan.

RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk, interviewed Allaberen Karyadar from the Fayzabad district of Afghanistan's Jowzjan Province. He had returned recently to Afghanistan from Turkmenistan. In fact, he came back earlier than planned because the Taliban were attacking my village. Karyadar added, I came back and drove the Taliban out. Driving the Taliban out is Karyadar's job. He is a commander of a local Arbaky force - nominally, pro-government paramilitaries or local militias. There are mixed feelings about these groups inside Afghanistan. So what was Arbaky >>

Turkmenistan's Afghan Dilemma

Bruce Pannier

Turkmenistans Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov (photo) made a rare and little publicized visit to three northwestern Afghan provinces at the end of June. Meredovs trip was the latest evidence that Turkmen authorities are having to adjust their policies toward their southern neighbor in light of the breakdown in security in northwestern Afghanistan.

Weve been discussing events in northern Afghanistan in the Majlis podcast and in Qishloq Ovozi for many months. But Meredovs visit to Jowzjan, Faryab, and Balkh provinces was something unseen previously. The trip, and what it means to Turkmenistans posturing toward Afghanistan, bears a closer look. So RFE/RLs Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk, assembled a Majlis panel to consider recent events in northwest Afghanistan and review how Turkmenistan has reacted and how Ashgabat might react in the future. Moderating the discussion was Azatlyk Director Muhammad Tahir. Gennady Rudkevich, assistant >>

Gazprom Seeks USD 5Bln From Turkmenistan


Russian state-run energy giant Gazprom is seeking USD 5 billion in reimbursements from Turkmenistan for gas supplied from 2010 to 2015, news agency Interfax reported on July 5.

Interfax reported that Gazprom is demanding a retroactive revision to the prices it paid for Turkmen gas as part of a legal suit going through the motions at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. The aggressive move represents a remarkable disruption to the apparent recent outbreak of bonhomie between Moscow and Ashgabat. A delegation of high-ranking Russian military officials traveled to Turkmenistan last month with pledges to offer assistance in bolstering the Central Asian nations defense capabilities. And in May, Gazprom surprised many by hinting that it could >>

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