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Tuesday, 6 September 2005
Turkmenistan Air Force Conducts Tactical Exercises
Topic: Permanent Neutrality
Ashgabat, 6 September 2005 (nCa) --- Turkmen Air Force has conducted tactical exercises in the Mary province where the largest air base of Turkmenistan is located.

The exercise, held under the broad theme ‘Peaceful Skies’, was meant to hone the pilot and ground crew skills in detecting and destroying hostile interference in the air space.

MiG-29 fighter jets and Su-25 attack planes formed the core component of the exercise. Ground support and auxiliary services also participated in the maneuver.

The scenario covered simulated intrusion into the airspace of Turkmenistan, dogfight, and elimination of air and ground threats.

Radio controlled air target was destroyed by air to air missiles during the exercise.

Turkmenistan follows the policy of strict neutrality but an integral element of the policy is that the armed forces of the country should be able to safeguard the borders and repel any attacks.

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 1:58 PM
Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005 11:19 AM
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Thursday, 1 September 2005
U.S. Government Donates Laboratory Equipment Worth US $ 100K to Ministry of Interior of Turkmenistan
Topic: Foreign Relations
02.09.2005. A handover ceremony marking the donation of a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GCMS) forensic laboratory instrument from the U.S. Government to Turkmenistan’s Ministry of the Interior was held in Ashgabat on September 1, 2005.

As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru reports, U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Tracey Ann Jacobson, Deputy Minister of the Interior Saparberdy Atabayev, representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program (INL) in the U.S. Department of State participated in the ceremony.

According to the U.S. Embassy, INL has been conducting training in Turkmenistan for the past three years. Representatives from the U.S. government facilitated the installation of the GCMS forensic laboratory equipment and provided training to the laboratory staff during their recent visit to the Turkmen capital.

As the U.S. Embassy reports, the value of the GCMS and additional computer and photographic equipment that were donated totals approximately $100,000.

Turkmenistan.Ru

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 11:01 PM
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Friday, 26 August 2005
Turkmenistan to participate in CIS as associated member
Topic: Permanent Neutrality
27.08.2005. The CIS summit held Friday in the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan, unanimously adopted a resolution on the basic principles of participation of neutral Turkmenistan in the CIS.

As the Ashgabat correspondent of Turkmenistan.ru was told in the press service of the republic’s Foreign Ministry, Turkmen leader Saparmurat Niyazov sent a message to the summit participants in which he “made a request to support his position on participation in the CIS as an associated member taking into account Turkmenistan's neutral status.”

According to the Foreign Ministry, the Turkmen president's proposal had been given preliminary support by the participants of a session of the Council of CIS foreign ministries and was then submitted for consideration at the summit of the CIS member states. The initiative of Saparmurat Niyazov on Turkmenistan's new status was wholly supported by all leaders of the CIS member states, the Foreign Ministry emphasized.

President Saparmurat Niyazov on behalf of the Turkmen people and the Turkmen government expressed his sincere gratitude to chairman of the CIS, President Putin of the Russian Federation as well as to other leaders of the CIS member states for their understanding and support.

Turkmenistan.Ru

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 11:01 PM
Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005 11:18 AM
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Thursday, 25 August 2005
Ruhnama Launched into Outer Space
Topic: Ruhnama
Book Written by President of Turkmenistan Reaches Outer Space

Ashgabat, 26 August 2005 (nCa) --- Ruhnama, a moral and spiritual code penned by President Niyazov of Turkmenistan, has been launched into outer space.

Russian conversion rocket carrier Dnepr released Thursday a capsule containing the flag and standard of Turkmenistan and Ruhnama in the near-earth orbit.

Russia and Turkmenistan started cooperating in space projects in November 2002. A protocol between the ministry of defence of Turkmenistan and Russian space and aviation agency specifies terms for interaction in peaceful development of space.

The protocol was incorporated into the treaty of friendship and cooperation signed between two countries on 23 April 2003.

In June 2003, agreement for joint space activities was signed. Russia has recently offered to expand space cooperation with Turkmenistan.

Dnepr, launched on 24 August from Baikonur cosmodrome, also carried two Japanese experimental satellites - Oicets and Index - to the outer space. The satellites would orbit at a height of about 610 kilometers.

The Japanese side took over control of the satellites after their separation from the rocket.

Russia is using Baikonur under a long-term lease.

This is the fifth launch of the rocket carrier programme Dneprthat is based on ICBM SS-18 and RS-20 design.

The Dnepr booster has a launch weight of 211 tonnes and is highly reliable inexpensive launch vehicle with the payload of up to 3.5 tonnes. Dnepr can be used for launches to high-elliptical orbits and departure trajectories to the Moon of spaceships equipped with upper-stage rockets.

The space project is carried out under the aegis of the International space company “Kosmotras”.

In July 2004 Dnepr released a capsule into space, carrying the flag and the presidential standard of Turkmensitan. It was reported that the Dnepr shell was painted with an image of the Turkmen flag.

So far, the Dnepr programme has launched 22 satellites into space. These objects belong to clients from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, UK and USA.

For the next two years, the ISC Kosmotras’ plan is to perform six more launches of the Dnepr LV that will deliver into orbit 53 satellites of various countries, the mass of the payloads ranging from 1 to 1,350 kg.

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 11:01 PM
Updated: Sunday, 28 August 2005 9:58 AM
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Monday, 22 August 2005
Turkmenistan Introduces Structural Changes in Oil and Gas Sector
Topic: Economy & business
Ashgabat, 23 August 2005 (nCa) --- President Niyazov introduced Monday a number of organizational changes to streamline the oil and gas sector of Turkmenistan.

The law of Turkmenistan “About Hydrocarbon Resources” has been amended to give direct contractual powers to the ministry of oil and gas industry and mineral resources of Turkmenistan. The words “competent authority” have been replaced by “ministry of oil and gas industry and mineral resources of Turkmenistan” in the entire text of the law.

Ministry of oil and gas would now exercise direct supervision over the three main wings of oil and gas complex.

“Minister of oil and gas should have three deputies – head of Turkmenneftgaz corporation, head of state concern Turkmenneft and head of the state concern Turkmengaz,” said President Niyazov during a meeting of cabinet of ministers Monday.

“Every month you should report on the progress on foreign agreements and you must also report monthly the production of oil and gas,” said Niyazov.

It appears that Turkmengeologia would be merged with the exploration department.

Niyazov tasked the heads of oil and gas complex to create a common council on oil and gas exploration. He also demanded better exploration activity.

“You have to discover new oil and gas fields; more new deposits than we already have,” he said.

Speaking of the need for transparency, Niyazov said that suuitable organizational and administrative conditions should be created to avoid any abuse, including in the sphere of interstate cooperation.

Posted by countryturkmenistan at 11:01 PM
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