Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov, who arrived in Turkmenistan on a two-day official visit on Wednesday, met with President Saparmurat Niyazov and urged him to display a "strategic approach" to Ukrainian - Turkmen relations.

Yuri Yekhanurov stressed, the recent changes in the Yushchenko team have brought to power people who are real managers, capable of efficiently organising work.

Yekhanurov stated his Government's chief task as continuation of the President's course.

Yuri Yekhanurov reassured the Turkmen President; the Ukrainian Government is vetting the situation and working toward eliminating those errors in Ukrainian - Turkmen relations which were stated during a visit to Turkmenistan on October 12 by the Government's working group, who were led by Fuel & Energy Minister Ivan Plachkov.

During that visit President Niyazov told the working group that signing a contract with Ukraine on natural gas supplies would be postponed.

Yuri Yekhanurov stresses that he keeps control over that matter. He also stated the Ukrainian Government's readiness to offer interesting joint projects, in particular, in informatics.

Yekhanurov noted the need to promote the Ukraine - Turkmenistan top-level dialogue.

Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov told journalists in Ashgabat after he met with President Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan on Wednesday, the parties discussed further prospects of bilateral relations.

During the meeting Yuri Yekhanurov conveyed President Viktor Yushchenko's message of congratulations to Saparmyrat Niyazov on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence, which will be celebrated on October 27.

“We cherish very much our peoples' friendship, and I, as the new Government's head, briefed the President about the internal situation in Ukraine and about the Ukrainian Government's latest moves,” Yuri Yekhanurov told the journalist.

According to Yekhanurov, he and President Niyazov discussed possible approaches for boosting Ukrainian - Turkmen trade turnover and meeting mutual obligations.

Yekhanurov further disclosed that he conveyed an invitation by President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko to the Turkmen President to send 14 Turkmen students to Ukraine next year, who will be trained at Ukrainian colleges and universities free of charge.

He also asked Saparmurat Noiyazov to consider the issue of shortly staging Days of Turkmen Culture in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov told journalists in Ashgabat after his talks there, a long-term contract for supply of Turkmen natural gas must be discussed in the triangular format, with Ukraine, Turkmenistan and Russia participating in the process.


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