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Caspian And Central Asia: Ashgabat Seeks Stability in 2016

On 28 January Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov visited Turkmenistan for the opening of the Russian Embassy’s new building in Ashgabat. He reportedly offered Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov Russian military assistance in protecting the Turkmen-Afghan border given security concerns in neighboring Afghanistan, but the Turkmen leader politely refused. While most media coverage suggested that he did so in order to avoid Turkmenistan’s dependence on any major regional power, such as Russia, China or the US, in our view this is only partly true. Ashgabat is also keen to reassure potential investors it is capable of defending itself, and that the overall security environment will not impact the development of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline. According to Horizon contacts in Washington…

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