Turkmenistan: Berdymukhamedov Pledges Support for Trans-Caspian Pipeline
An energy conference last week in Ashgabat proved an opportunity to see the shifting vectors of Caspian pipeline prospects. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), currently chaired by Lithuania, convened the high-level meeting November 3-4 titled "Integrating Global Energy Markets--Providing Energy Security,” osce.org reported.
While the speeches were packed with generalities, such as the need to "discuss instruments for the enhanced engagement of international organizations in the regional and multilateral energy co-operation dialogue" the conference was largely an opportunity for the EU to promote Western-oriented pipelines -- and see how much Turkmenistan was warming to them.
In a speech to the conference, President Berdymukhamedov did not disappoint, and said European-directed pipelines are “among the most important goals of Turkmenistan’s energy policy” and being "actively developed," regnum.ru reported.
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