The Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu paid an official visit to Turkmenistan, where he held talks with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and head of the military Department of Alimam Berdieva. Basically, they concerned the problems of international terrorism, as well as issues of military and military-technical cooperation between the two countries. Turkmenistan for the first time since 1991, taking official visit of the Minister of defence of Russia.
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Sergei Shoigu with defence Minister of Turkmenistan Alimam Berdieva.
The first item on the official visit was a visit to the memorial complex “people’s memory”, located on the outskirts of Ashgabat.
Here installed a monumental marble monuments, symbolizing the tragic milestones in the history of the Turkmen people. So a huge bull holding on the horns shattered globe, where a woman saves her baby, dedicated to the victims of the Ashgabat earthquake of 1948. There is a monument to mothers mourning their children who had not survived the war. At the center of a huge monument to “Eternal flame” of the five marble sculptures, including, of the eight-pointed star rises the flame of Eternal fire.
Sergei Shoigu, together with the Minister of defence of Turkmenistan Alimam Berdiyev laid to the Eternal flame, a wreath from the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation and paid tribute to the victims.
Then the Russian Minister went to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The head of Turkmenistan thanked Shoigu for the care of veterans of the great Patriotic war.
– I would like to thank you for the great attention you pay to our veterans. Thank you for this sensitive attention. In our country, too, every assistance is provided to veterans, – said Berdimuhamedov. He also reminded that Russia was the first country, which recognized the neutral status of Turkmenistan, the country now has a policy of “open doors” and in which blocks are “especially of a military nature”.
Shoigu main topic of conversation outlined the increased risk of international terrorism and said that, knowing today’s threats, it is impossible not to talk about them. “It is international terrorism that concerns us all, especially when we are in regions that are adjacent to Afghanistan. What is happening today in Syria, Libya, Iraq, is of course the threats which we cannot ignore and, of course, we must pay the most serious attention, and that makes Russia”, – said the Russian Minister. Shoigu informed Berdimuhamedov on the progress of operations in Syria and stressed that Russia strategic partnership “with a friendly, neutral Turkmenistan”.
Here also was discussed the issues of combating international terrorism, and raised the topic of military and military-technical cooperation.
“I would like to accentuate our collective attention on the main question that now worries not only the defense Ministry but also all systems and security services around the world. I mean international terrorism. I hope today we will have the opportunity to discuss these threats that affect our country and the entire region in which we find ourselves”, – said Shoigu.
He noted that the meeting will discuss a wide range of issues related to cooperation in all spheres – military education, military medicine, culture and others.
As explained by the Deputy Minister of defence of the Russian Federation Anatoly Antonov at the meeting were discussed promising areas of cooperation in the military field, agreed on specific steps to strengthen the Armed forces of Turkmenistan.
– This applies particularly to ensure their compatible weapons and military equipment, military personnel training, – said Antonov.
From Ashabad Shoigu will travel to Tehran. Here, the defense Ministers of Russia, Iran and Syria will discuss urgent measures to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorist groups ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra” (banned in Russia), said the Deputy head of the Russian defense Ministry Antonov.
Shoigu, according to Antonov, in Tehran will hold a series of bilateral meetings with the Minister of defense and Armed forces of Iran, Brigadier General Hossein Gehenom and defense Minister of the Syrian Arab Republic corps General Fahed Jassem al-Fredjim, during which it is planned to discuss regional security issues, as well as military and military-technical cooperation between the two countries”.