Turkmenistan establishing business ties with Astrakhan region

A meeting of the Turkmen-Astrakhan Council on Entrepreneurship was held in Turkmenbashi city, Trend reports on Aug. 12 referring to a source involved in the talks.

This structure was established upon the decision of the Turkmen-Russian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation. The corresponding documents are planned to be signed with the Turkmen side.

Earlier it was reported that Astrakhan was interested in Turkmenistan’s transit capabilities for the transportation of the Russian goods, in particular to the Central Asia and Afghanistan.

In turn, the Astrakhan region offers energy equipment for developing the Turkmen energy system, ships and fishing equipment.

Turkmenistan is ready to increase export of building materials to Astrakhan, in particular, cement, petrochemical products, agricultural products and light industry products.

Moreover, Turkmenistan is interested in expanding ferry services in the Caspian Sea. According to the experts, a direct railway-ferry service between the Russian Olya port near Astrakhan and Makhachkala port and Turkmenbashi port could ensure an increase in cargo flows from Turkmenistan to Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus.

The parties are discussing the launch of flights among Astrakhan, Turkmenbashi and Ashgabat.

Earlier, the interest was expressed in opening a wholesale and logistics center in the Astrakhan region to promote the Turkmen goods in the Russian market.

Russian company talks supplies of equipment to Uzbek plant

Uzbekistan will receive high-quality equipment with a high degree of reliability at a competitive price, a representative of the Russian OJSC Volgogradneftemash told Trend in an interview.

Recently, Trend reported that Volgogradneftemash will supply equipment for an air separation unit to one of the processing plants in Uzbekistan.

“We will deliver three oxygen receivers with a diameter of 3 m, a length of 22 m and a total weight of almost 400 tons that will operate under high pressure to the Uzbek plant,” the representative said.

He added that the wall thickness of the enclosures of the apparatus is 70 mm. The equipment is made of domestic steel in accordance with the requirements of Russian standards and technical regulations of the Customs Union.

“In accordance with the contract, we can’t say which of the factories of Uzbekistan will receive our company’s products,” the representative stated.

Volgogradneftemash OJSC is the largest Russian manufacturer of technological equipment for the gas, oil and petrochemical industries.

The main types of products are reactors, coke oven chambers, columns, separators, tanks, shell-and-tube heat exchangers, oil pumps, devices for starting and receiving chambers for cleaning and diagnostic tools and pipeline fittings.

Almost all gas producing, gas transporting and oil and gas processing enterprises of Russia and the CIS countries are equipped with the equipment manufactured by OJSC Volgogradneftemash.

Russia’s Tyumen entrepreneurs eye to establish partnership in Azerbaijan

Businessmen from Russia’s Tyumen city, who will be in Baku from August 11-16, intend to establish ties with potential partners from Azerbaijan, Trend reports referring to Russian media outlets.

The visit is organized by Export Support Center of the Tyumen region and will include business meetings and negotiations. Businessmen also are expected to visit the enterprises of importers in Baku.

According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Tyumen Region, representatives of companies such as Tyumen-Pribor LLC, Tyumen Machine-Building Plant (production of driven clutch disks for domestic and foreign freight and passenger vehicles), Zhizn company (peat and sapropel production) and SIBNA company (the latest technologies in the field of commercial accounting of energy resources) will participate in the negotiations.

“Azerbaijan is of interest to the company, but before it had no cooperation with this region,” Deputy Director General of Tyumen-Pribor LLC Yulia Medvedeva said.

“Our company has been working in the field of oil and gas services for 17 years, rendering a full range of services in the industrial automation of oil, gas, energy and other facilities,” she added.

“We have already chosen a number of Azerbaijani enterprises with which it is advisable to discuss the cooperation prospects. First of all, we focus on the cooperation in oil and gas industry,” said Medvedeva.

Shoes will be marked in the EAEU

The ECE Council, held in Cholpon-Ata, in accordance with the Agreement on the labeling of goods by means of identification in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), decided to introduce shoe marking by means of identification.

The introduction of marking will not create additional obstacles to the free movement of goods in the Union. On the contrary, business interests related to the possible introduction of additional requirements for the activities of business entities at the national level should be taken into account as much as possible.

A key aspect of the decision is the possibility of introducing labeling in the Union according to uniform technical rules and standards, with the possibility for member states to connect to the EAEU labeling system as they become technologically, organizationally and legally ready.

To ensure unhindered circulation of marked shoes by means of identification, the countries of the Union will have to identify national operators by March 1, 2020.

National operators provide an exchange of information on tagged shoes implemented as part of cross-border mutual trade. nteraction between national operators is carried out through the integrated information system of the Eurasian Economic Union.

Russian-Chinese relations reach unprecedented height, ambassador says

ussian-Chinese relations over the past decade have reached a new level, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui wrote in a special article for TASS.

“This has been the most unforgettable decade out of my entire diplomatic service, this has been a really golden decade when Chinese-Russian relationship of the all-encompassing strategic partnership entered a new era,” the ambassador stressed.

“In 2011, three years after my arrival in Russia, Chinese-Russian relations reached a new level, becoming the ties of all-encompassing equal and trust-based partnership and strategic cooperation, mutual support, prosperity and friendship passed on from generation to generation,” the envoy wrote.

Speaking on bilateral high-level contacts, Li Hui praised their fruitful business-like and friendly nature, noting that this has had a special role in developing bilateral ties.

The diplomat recalled that in March 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid his first state visit to Russia as the head of state and the following six years he visited Russia eight more times. “The heads of two states, like close relatives, exchanged visits many times, establishing close business ties and deep friendly relations, and at the same time implementing strategic leadership and planning further development of bilateral ties,” he wrote.

Such diplomacy at the level of the heads of state is a unique case for foreign policy ties between two great powers, the ambassador stressed. “This confirms the highest importance that the sides attach to developing Chinese-Russian relations of comprehensive strategic partnership and also explains the significance of the role that Chinese-Russian relations are playing in defending peace, stability and development on the planet.”

For many years, Chinese-Russian relations have been developing gradually to finally rise to an unprecedented new height, he noted. “Thus, during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia this June, the two states’ heads reiterated their position on bilateral ties: to develop Chinese-Russian relations of comprehensive strategic partnership, making efforts to attain the goals of mutual assistance and support, innovation, general welfare and mutual benefit,” the envoy stressed.

Russian Prime Minister to hold summit talks in Turkmenistan

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will take part in the first Caspian Economic Forum to be held in Turkmenbashi city on August 12, 2019, Trend reports referring to the Russian government.

A meeting with Turkmen President, Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is planned to be held on the sidelines of the event to discuss topical issues of cooperation and interaction in the Caspian region.

Medvedev is expected to deliver speech at the plenary session of the forum. The Russian delegation will also visit the international exhibition of innovative technologies of the Caspian countries, in which Russia’s stand will be showcased.

About 190 companies with Russian capital operate in Turkmenistan.

ARETI holding (formerly Itera) has been operating in Turkmenistan since 2009 on the basis of a production sharing agreement on the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea.

In 2019, Russia’s Gazprom resumed purchases of Turkmen gas after a three-year break. Furthermore, Russia and Turkmenistan are initiating cooperation in the Caspian Sea. In particular, a ferry service across the sea, which will connect Russia’s Makhachkala with the port of Turkmenbashi, is planned to be launched.

The two countries are also exploring joint projects, activities of the Russian companies in Turkmenistan, as well as prospects for cooperation in the industrial, construction, transport, oil and gas, gas chemical and power industries.

Cooperation issues in such important areas as the agro-industrial complex and the supply of agricultural equipment, construction, interaction among business structures and introduction of advanced technologies are also on the agenda of the meeting.

In recent years, Turkmenistan has been actively developing business relations with the subjects of Russia, including Tatarstan Republic, Sverdlovsk and Astrakhan regions and the city of St. Petersburg.

Russia got the right to supply wheat to Saudi Arabia

Russian producers received the right to supply wheat to Saudi Arabia. This was reported to TASS by an official representative of the Rosselkhoznadzor.

“The Rosselkhoznadzor received official confirmation from the competent authority of Saudi Arabia to mitigate the requirements for imported wheat. This is good news for our farmers,” he said.

Prior to this, Saudi Arabia bought only barley in Russia. One of the main reasons hindering the export of Russian wheat to the kingdom market was the requirement for the complete absence in the delivered lots of wheat of grains damaged by a bug.

In April 2019, Rosselkhoznadzor specialists came to Saudi Arabia to check the quality of domestic wheat, samples of which were sent back to the end of 2018 and contained varying degrees of grain damage.

Japan wants to arrange a visit by PM Abe to Russia in September

Japan would like to arrange a visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Russia in September, its chief government spokesman said on Monday, Trend reports citing Reuters.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that leaders from Japan and Russia would need to talk directly because there were “issues between the two nations.”

On Friday, Japan’s foreign ministry called a visit by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to an island claimed by both Japan and Russia “extremely regrettable”, urging Moscow to take constructive steps to advance ties.

Russia expects Malaysian Prime Minister on Eastern Economic Forum

Moscow expects that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah will attend this year’s Eastern Economic Forum in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

“We value our relations, Mr. Minister. The Russian president and your prime minister held a very good meeting last year. We expect Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to come to Vladivostok in September for the Eastern Economic Forum,” Lavrov said at talks with Abdullah.

“We will be very glad to receive him,” Lavrov said, also inviting his Malaysian counterpart to attend the event.

In early July, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Moscow expected that the forum in Vladivostok would be attended by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, as well as Indian and Japanese Prime Ministers, Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe.

The fifth Eastern Economic Forum is due to be held on September 4-6.

Putin Ratifies Russia-Egypt Strategic Cooperation Agreement

Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified on Friday the Russia-Egypt agreement on comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation, as shown in the document, published on Russia’s official Internet portal of legal information.

The agreement was signed following Putin’s meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi in October 2018 in Sochi.

The document is meant to usher a new stage in the development of Russia-Egypt relations, with Cairo being Russia’s key ally in Africa and the Middle East.

The agreement stipulates that Moscow and Cairo will support the development of cooperation in trade, economic, military-technical fields, as well as partner up in such sectors as communication technologies, nuclear energy, transport, mining, tourism, science, education and cultural affairs.

Additionally, under the agreement, Moscow and Cairo will coordinate actions and unite efforts to address challenges and threats to regional and international peace and security.