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Turkmenistan Weekly News Analysis

This week, during an official visit to Turkmenistan, Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov to resume imports of Turkmenistan’s natural gas to Ukraine for the first time since supplies were suspended in 2006 after former Turkmen President Niyazov publicly accused Ukrainian leadership of not fulfilling their payment obligations. Ukrainian Energy Minister Eduard Stavytskyy told journalists in Ashgabat on February 13 that the deal would be finalized once Kazakhstan and Russia consented to be transit states. However, experts such as Michail Gonchar, head of the energy department of Ukraine’s Nomos Analytical Center, remain skeptical of this deal materializing, saying that such expressions of intent take place with every Ukrainian delegation visiting Turkmenistan, and simply remain on paper. 

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