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.

Iran and Russia to increase academic aerospace cooperation

Hamidreza Taghirad, deputy head of K. N. Toosi University of Technology for international affairs, said that he has held talks with officials of the aerospace center at Moscow State University (MSU) to expand cooperation in fields such as GIS and satellites.

MSU has close cooperation with Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, he said, adding that using their satellite images in fields such as agriculture, water and environment seem to be appropriate for Iran.

“In the meeting with officials of the [Russian] university, we saw eagerness and interest in both sides to establish relations between industrial centers of the two countries. And it was proposed to enhance bilateral cooperation in aerospace fields,” he added.

Turkmenistan develops medical cooperation with Russia and Israel

Memorandums and an agreement on cooperation in the field of medicine between the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and relevant institutions of Russia and Israel were signed in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat, Trend reports referring to Turkmen Dovlet Habarlary state news agency.

Memorandums of understanding were concluded with the Federal State Budgetary Institution “National Medical Research Center of Obstetrics, Gynecology of Perinatology named after Academician V.I. Kulakov”; Moscow Clinical Hospital named after S.P.Botkin; the Scientific and Clinical Center of Cardiology and the A.N. Bakulev National Medical Research Center of Cardiovascular Surgery; and Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics.

An agreement was also signed with the Ministry of Health of Tatarstan (a federal subject of Russia) on cooperation in the project “Development of simulation technologies in Turkmenistan in the system of medical education.”

Moreover, a plan for cooperation in the field of health and medicine for 2019-2024 has been approved with the Israeli Ministry of Health.

Russia and Turkey set to increase trade turnover to $100 bln per year

The trade turnover of Russia and Turkey should reach $100 bln in coming years, while it totaled $25.5 bln in 2018, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday at the intergovernmental commission meeting.

“The leaders of our countries set an ambitious task – to boost trade turnover to $100 bln,” Novak said. The upside for mutual investments is in such spheres as space, pharmaceuticals and digital technologies, further to traditional industries as agriculture, construction, metals and energy.

Russia and Turkey also seek to increase the share of national currencies in mutual trade from current 34%. Russia has already launched acceptance of Mir banking cards in Turkey.

The meeting of the Russian-Turkish intergovernmental commission is held on Friday in Turkey’s Antalya.

Belarus and Russia plan to establish common industry markets by 2021 — minister

Belarus and Russia have agreed to prepare common legislature by the middle of next year and establish common industry markets by 2021, Belarusian Economic Minister Dmitry Krutoy told Belarus 1 TV channel on Sunday.

“We [the joint group on integration] have developed common approaches to this work. They inlcude developing a roadmap by November [this year], common legilsature by the middle of next year, and launching common rules on which we agreed for markets starting from 2021,” Krutoy said.

He clarified that not only oil and gas markets will be unified. “This process will also include industry markets, agricultural markets, transport markets,” the minister explained.

“Regardless of whether it is registered in Russia or Belarus, a company will work in accordance with common rules on the basis of unified administration, unified control systems, unified integrated informational systems,” Krutoy noted. “In fact, it is unified legislature which we develop in the framework of roadmaps that will become a prototype of such unified markets,” he added.

The minister reminded that at the meeting in St. Petersburg with participation of the two presidents and representatives of the joint working group on integration, the parties had “a sincere and honest conversation on the matter.” “Experts told us about their work in all spheres, about the progress that has been achieved, about the remaining issues that need to be resolved and coordinated. The presidents said their opinions on all relevant matters, and several new initiatives emerged. We are now working with our Russian colleagues on how to fit them best within the integration program,” Krutoy concluded.

Russia and Turkey to launch online platform for businessmen

Russia and Turkey may soon launch an online platform for B2B projects, chairman of the Russian-Turkish business council Akhmet Palankoev said on Friday.

“We are creating an online platform now to improve trade relations between Russian and Turkish companies. There will be the online B2B platform we agreed to develop,” Palankoev said.

The trade turnover between the two countries reached $26 bln per year but does not correspond to the real potential between two countries, he added.

Earlier, Turkish Minister of Trade  Ruhsar Pekcan said at the Russian-Turkish intergovernmental commission that the volume of trade between Russia and Turkey continues to grow despite the global decline in international trade.

“Relations between our countries are becoming very close. The proof of this is the fact that despite the decline in global trade, the level of trade between Turkey and Russia continues to grow. Russia, with its energy resources, has great potential and is one of the most important economies in the world. Our countries really complement each other,” she said.

Pekcan also expressed hope that the level of trade, which is now at around $25.5 bln, will continue to grow.