Russia and the United States would seem to be on a collision course of sorts over the Trans-Caspian pipeline -- but both deny it, and Turkmenistan has no comment. The Trans-Caspian is to be built under the sea from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan -- once they resolve their border differences -- and then connect to Europe. The pipeline is pivotal not only to Turkmenistan's plans to diversify energy corridors, but also those of the European Union.
US Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Ambassador Richard L. Morningstar is in Ashgabat this week and met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and other officials to discuss energy cooperation.
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