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The Beijing conundrum


Expanding Ashgabat’s dependence on China, visiting Iran, and talking north-south transportation links. This and more in our weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Turkmenistan talks a big game about diversifying export markets for its natural gas, but China will be the only major customer for the foreseeable future.

The scale of the quasi-monopsonistic reality that Ashgabat confronts was laid bare anew on June 18 in a speech President Serdar Berdymukhamedov gave in the Lebap province at the official opening of a gas storage facility built by the China National Petroleum Corporation, or CNPC.

Berdymukhamedov talked fulsomely about the importance of the 1,830-kilometer Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline.… >> подробнее

Masks off


Uniting in paranoia with Russia, warming to Iran, and opening for business. This and more in our weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Serdar Berdymukhamedov has made his first official outing onto the international stage as president of Turkmenistan with a visit to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

He had traveled to Saudi Arabia earlier in the month, but that was for the ostensibly personal motivation of performing a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Paying tribute to Putin fits the mold of Berdymukhamedov’s father, Gurbanguly, who performed the same trip in April 2007, not long after he assumed the presidency. The exchange of verbal niceties performed now and then sound in many… >> подробнее

Going on pilgrimage


The new president cozies up to Russia. He also attempts to address food insecurity by slashing food imports. This and more in our weekly Turkmenistan briefing.

Without any advance warning, Turkmenistan’s president turned up in Mecca on June 1. This was his first voyage abroad since becoming president in March.

Serdar Berdymukhamedov’s trip to the most holy site of Islam may not have been expected, but it is entirely predictable. Asserting his religious credentials will have been a good way for the young leader, who turns 41 in September, to shore up his authority in the eyes of fellow Muslims.

Vienna-based Chronicles of Turkmenistan suggests that this means that Berdymukhamedov may, like his father and presidential predecessor,… >> подробнее

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