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Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan: Energy Cooperation or Competition?

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, at a joint press appearance in Baku on August 8. (photo: president.az)

Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have declared themselves strategic partners as the two sides try to cooperate on shipping energy to Europe while still in conflict over a disputed hydrocarbon deposit.

Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov paid an official visit to Baku on August 8, where he met with his counterpart Ilham Aliyev. During two days of talks, the presidents discussed several key regional issues including the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad, new ports on the Caspian Sea, and joint efforts to develop routes for transporting Caspian gas to European markets.

The two signed a strategic partnership agreement, and Aliyev declared ties between the two states to be “at the very highest level" and that they agreed on the need to "turn the Caspian space into a source of long-term stability in Eurasia, an arena for wide international cooperation."

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