Ashgabat says co-operation with EU to continue

Ashgabat says co-operation with EU to continue


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Co-operation with Europe on energy matters will continue despite Russian reservations, Turkmenistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement. 
"Co-operation with our European partners is developing in a businesslike and constructive way and it will continue," the statement read. Turkmenistan, which by some official estimates holds more than 30 trillion cubic metres in total gas reserves, is trying to find as many export routes as possible. European officials in September announced plans to focus on legal agreements needed for Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to build the Trans-Caspian pipeline system. 
But the legal status of the Caspian Sea has been in limbo since the 1991 Soviet collapse. Two weeks ago Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev said the trans-Caspian pipeline should not go ahead without the approval of all five coastal countries — Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Russia.
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