Ukraine wants to resume Turkmen gas imports - Poroshenko
At a meeting with Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister Rashid Meredov, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reaffirmed his country's commitment to diversifying natural gas supplies, including with the help of Turkmen gas, the Ukrainian leader's press service reported.
"The president noted that Ukraine and Turkmenistan have very good relations. Meredov, for his part, stressed that Ukraine is a reliable partner for Turkmenistan, and his country intends to further promote trade and economic cooperation. He welcomed the positive experience of Ukrainian companies' work in various sectors of the Turkmen economy, including the oil and gas sector, the implementation of major infrastructure projects, etc," it said.
When reiterating Ukraine's plans to diversify its gas imports, Poroshenko said that "Ukraine is ready and interested in resuming Turkmen gas imports as an alternative source," he said.
Ukraine has a well-developed power engineering industry, and Ukrainian state-run enterprises want to provide turbines and gas compressor stations to Turkmenistan, he said.
The parties also discussed the possibility of restoring air links between Ukraine and Turkmenistan and ways to promote humanitarian cooperation and cultural exchanges.
Poroshenko invited Turkmen investors to Ukraine.
According to the press service, Meredov, speaking on behalf of Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, invited Poroshenko to visit Turkmenistan. The Ukrainian leader, for his part, forwarded an invitation to the Turkmen president.