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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Open newsletter – february 21, 2022

from: Al Jazeera, Asia Times, Corriere della Sera, East Asia Forum, Euractiv, Global Times, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, TASS, The Interpreter, The Strategist  AFGHANISTAN The United Nations children’s agency says it will pay Afghan teachers a monthly stipend for at least two months. Salaries have been unpaid for months as the country plunged into economic crisis due […]

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Internet In Turkmenistan, Already The World’s Slowest, Faces Further Restrictions (RFE RL)

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has ordered the National Security Ministry to impose further controls on the Internet in the tightly controlled Central Asian nation, which is already known for having the world’s slowest and most expensive service. Internet In Turkmenistan, Already The World’s Slowest, Faces Further Restrictions (rferl.org)

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Minister: Iran-Turkmenistan trade volume increases by 84 percent (IRNA)

Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Development Rostam Qasemi and Turkmen Vice-President Serdar Berdimuhamedow in a meeting here on Saturday referred to the 84 percent increase of the Iran-Turkmenistan trade volume in the year 2021 and the evermore expansion of bilateral relations. Minister: Iran-Turkmenistan trade volume increases by 84 percent – IRNA English

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New Gas Cooperation Between Iran and Turkmenistan: Prospects and Limitations (Vali Kaleji, The Jamestown Foundation)

In a remarkable sign of tightening relations, Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan signed a trilateral natural gas swap deal on the sidelines of the 15th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), in Ashgabat, on November 27, 2021. Iranian Oil Minister Javad Oji noted that “Under this tripartite agreement, Iran will receive about 1.5 [billion] to 2 […]

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Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan Sign Agreement On Gas Swap, Iranian Media Report (RFE RL)

Iran, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan have signed a trilateral gas swap deal for up to 2 billion cubic meters per year, Iranian media reported. The agreement was signed on November 28 in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, on the sidelines of a regional economic summit. Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan Sign Agreement On Gas Swap, Iranian Media Report (rferl.org)

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Turkmenistan’s dissidents fear crackdown in Turkish exile (Umar Farooq, Al Jazeera)

On a chilly afternoon in Istanbul’s Kadikoy neighbourhood, Nurmukhammed Annaev poked his head out of the window looking for fellow dissidents from Turkmenistan who had said they would attend a press conference. Dozens of Turkish police officers milled about below, blocking traffic on the street leading to the office. “The police stopped me on my […]

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Infrastructures ready to implement Iran-Turkmenistan railroad project (IRNA)

The infrastructures are ready for implementing the new agreement between Iran and Turkmenistan on railroad project via Sarakhs border in northeastern Iranian province of Razavi Khorasan, a provincial official announced on Monday. Sarakhs border has the capacity to exchange 400 wagons on a daily basis, Mostafa Nasiri-Varag told IRNA. Infrastructures ready to implement Iran-Turkmenistan railroad […]

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Russia, Turkmenistan sign cooperation program for 2021-2023 (TASS)

Russia and Turkmenistan have signed an economic cooperation program for 2021-2023 during a bilateral intergovernmental commission meeting in Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat, the country’s TDH news agency has reported. Russia, Turkmenistan sign cooperation program for 2021-2023 – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

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In first, Turkmenistan shows off Bayraktar TB2 drone (Tayfun Ozberk, Defense News)

Turkmenistan unveiled for the first time its Bayraktar TB2 combat drones during a Sept. 27 military parade marking the country’s 30th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union. Imagery of the drone from the parade was tweeted by its Turkish manufacturer, Baykar Defense. In first, Turkmenistan shows off Bayraktar TB2 drone (defensenews.com)

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(China/Turkmenistan/Afghanistan) A long-term strategic partnership in the energy field

Global Times writes: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Turkmenistan and had exchanges with the deputy prime minister of Turkmenistan over the situation in Afghanistan. Both sides agreed on forging a long-term strategic partnership in the energy field. read article: Wang Yi exchanges views over Afghan situation with Turkmenistan; supports ‘permanent neutrality’ […]

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(Azerbaijan/Turkmenistan) Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan Seek to Expand Cooperation on Caspian Energy Production (Rauf Mammadov, The Jamestown Foundation)

A 30-year feud over an offshore oil field located between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan in the Caspian Sea has finally come to an end. In mid-January 2021, Ashgabat and Baku agreed to the joint development of the large field, now renamed Dostlug, which means “Friendship” in both languages (Azadliq.org, January 21, 2021). https://jamestown.org/program/azerbaijan-and-turkmenistan-seek-to-expand-cooperation-on-caspian-energy-production/