Turkmenistan: Moscow Meeting Fails to Produce Energy Progress
President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev tried to hit their own version of the "reset" button, but a one-day meeting in Moscow on November 29 apparently failed to resolve lingering issues hampering energy ties.
According to the Turkmen state news agency, the meeting was designed to synchronize "the presidential clock."
"During the talks, much attention was paid not only to both countries' priorities in the energy sphere, but also to perspectives of cooperation in the agricultural, transport and telecommunications sectors, as well as expanding cooperation in the production and supply of engineering products," the report said.
The meeting does not appear to have secured a breakthrough on Turkmen gas sales to Gazprom. Gas shipments came to a halt back in April when the main export pipeline was rocked by an explosion.
According to Russian news reports, Gazprom is unwilling to keep paying Turkmenistan in excess of European market rates for its gas. The Russian conglomerate is seeking a new purchase price in the region of $222 per thousand cubic meters. Turkmenistan is balking at accepting that price.