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The parliaments of Turkmenistan and Russia intend to jointly solve the problem of Russian citizens residing in the territory of Turkmenistan, as reported by Chairperson of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matvienko. The Parliamentary Committees on Foreign Affairs of the two countries were instructed to find a solution that is mutually acceptable in legal terms by February 2016. “Together with my colleague, Speaker of the Turkmen Parliament Arja Nurberdieva, we will try to do it.


On December 12, Turkmenistan celebrated the 20th anniversary of the country's status of permanent neutrality, which is enshrined in the constitution and confirmed by international documents. The main celebrations were held in the capital Ashgabat.


Turkmenistan and Belarus are considering the establishment of a new joint venture for processing of Belorussian milk powder. This information was reported by Minister of Food and Agriculture of Belarus Leonid Zayats on December 11. In his words, the processing can be arranged by the Belorussian technology, which will allow to supply varied whole-milk products, baby food, cheese and ice cream to the domestic food market of the country. According to him, the Turkmen side is interested in the project.



During the recent meeting of the government held in Ashgabat under the chairmanship of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the participants discussed performance of the national economy within 11 months of 2015. They also touched upon a number of issues related to public life and implementation of individual projects in various spheres. In accordance with the announced results of performance of all sectors of national economy of Turkmenistan, in the given period, GDP growth was approximately 7.1 percent as compared to the same period of 2014.



Turkmenistan has banned employees of public institutions from buying foreign currency (EUR and USD), according to several local media. On December 2-4, meetings were held in a number of Ashgabat-based government agencies: Turkmenbakaleya, Turkmengalantereya, Ashpromtorg and other. During the meetings, public employees were announced the ban on purchasing foreign currency under penalty of discharge.


Employees of public authorities in Ashgabat and the region were also announced the prohibition of purchase of euros and dollars.



In Ashgabat, the Turkmen capital, they put into operation a new runway with connecting and rapid exit taxiways at the airport Oguzkhan, which is currently under construction on the place of the existing complex of Saparmurat Niyazov. The news was reported by local media, with indication that the new runway has dimensions of 3,800x75 meters. It's equipped with modern radio engineering, aeronautical and signal lighting systems that fully comply with all requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization. Thus, the runway is able to accept all existing types of aircraft.


In the past 15 years, the UAE company Dragon Oil has invested over $4.8 billion dollars in the exploitation of Cheleken, a contract site in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea. The figures were reported by Faisal Al Awadi Rabi, the head of Dragon Oil Turkmenistan, in an interview for the electronic publication of the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum Industry of Turkmenistan. In his words, the investment allowed for increasing oil production to the level of 100,000 barrels per day.



In Dashoguz province of Turkmenistan, there has been put into operation a new enterprise specializing in cleaning and processing up to 30 thousand tons of rice annually. This production capacity makes it possible to process most of the country's rice grown in the northern regions. The total area of the facility is more than 5 hectares. The enterprise is a single complex designed for cleaning, storing and producing rice. The facility will also produce high-quality seed material for rice-growing farms of the region.



On Sunday, November 29 Turkmenistan celebrated the main agricultural festival of the republic – the Harvest Day, which officially falls on the last Sunday of November. The main celebrations were held on the territory of the Ashgabat equestrian complex, where an exhibition of achievements of the agro-industrial complex of the country was deployed. In addition, popular with the local population Akhal-Teke horse racing was conducted, folk festivities and street parties held.



The fifth International Fair of cotton products, organized by the State Concern "Turkmenpagta", the State Commodity Exchange and the Chamber of Commerce began in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat. Participants of the event are different divisions of cotton industry of the republic, as well as representatives of 27 countries represented by 80 organizations and companies. The list of countries participating in the fair includes Russia, China, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Israel, Great Britain and others.