Video leaked of Turkmen president falling from horse

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, May 1 (UPI) -- Security workers for the president of Turkmenistan forced spectators to delete footage of the official falling from a horse, but video was leaked to the media.

Ashgabat, Moscow renewing energy bond?

MOSCOW, March 17 (UPI) -- The government of Turkmenistan said there was plenty of natural gas available for Russia, the Russian foreign minister said in Moscow.

Turkmen president promotes energy security

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Turkmenistan's president is using the 64th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York to promote international security for global energy supplies.

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Iran has emerged as an unlikely champion of Europeans concerned by their growing dependence on Russia, giving the Nabucco pipeline project a fillip.
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- One relatively obscure Western oil company managed to beat out competitors such as ExxonMobil to develop Turkmenistan's oil fields: Ireland's Dragon Oil.

Analysis: Turkey, Iran shiver together

For Iranian consumers, Turkmenistan's halting of natural gas deliveries to the Islamic republic on Dec. 31 has represented a bitter New Year's present, as the country endures its hardest winter in a decade. The weather has caused 21 deaths, and Iran's northern regions are covered with nearly 2 feet of snow.
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Analysis: China and Turkmen energy

Before the 1991 Soviet collapse, Russia dominated the economies of the other 14 republics. In the decade and a half since, Western companies have been angling to acquire a piece of the former Soviet Union's energy assets. In the last few years, however, China has become an increasingly important regional player, and in a nasty Christmas present for both Washington and Moscow, on Dec. 28 China National Petroleum Corp.'s subsidiary PetroChina announced it will invest $2.16 billion to underwrite construction of a planned Central Asia-China natural gas pipeline.
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Analysis: An '07 Caspian energy scorecard

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The year 2007 will be seen as a major turning point in the development of Caspian energy, perhaps the most significant 12 months since the 1991 collapse of communism opened up the possibilities of development of one of the world's last great oil frontiers.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: SCO military or economic pact?

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is holding a four-day meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, starting Friday. While the summit will doubtless end with the usual flurry of statements emphasizing peace and prosperity for member states, the gathering will be most notable for what is absent from the declarations, a vision of what the grouping actually entails, particularly as regards energy exports.
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Analysis: Uzbek-Turkmen cooperation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The recent second Caspian Sea Littoral States Summit, which concluded earlier this week, saw a broader consensus developing among the five Caspian littoral nations than at any time since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
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UPI Energy Watch

ONGC to give service contracts to smaller firms; LUKoil to supply TGK-8 with gas from Caspian fields; Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan eager about pipeline
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Analysis: Caspian meet and energy hopes

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- For an energy-starved world, the recently concluded summit in Tehran between the five Caspian littoral states is good news, as it brings the possibility of a final delineation of Caspian offshore waters closer.
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Analysis: Russia eyes Central Asian gas

Since 1991 the United States and Russia have been involved in a conflict to exploit the Caspian's vast energy reserves. Now, however, Moscow seems to be gaining the upper hand by proposing an agenda with neighboring Kazakhstan that could see the issue of Caspian energy exports westward largely dominated by Russia for the next three to five decades.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Analysis: Turkmenistan looks to U.S.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- What a difference nine months makes. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, nine months ago a relatively unknown Turkmen apparatchik, made his first official visit to the United States, attending the opening of the United Nations' 62nd General Assembly and dazzling the Bush administration with promises of Western access to Turkmen energy resources. Given longstanding Turkmen grievances against Russia underpaying for its most valuable export, against all odds Washington might have staked a tentative claim to the Caspian basin’s last underdeveloped hydrocarbon assets, which Moscow formerly saw as its own. If the negotiations come to fruition, they represent an astonishing turnaround in U.S. fortunes in Ashgabat, which up to now have been marked by a mixture of indifference and ineptitude.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Ahmadinejad visits Turkmenistan

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a visit to Turkmenistan Tuesday in a bid to, among other things, shore up energy ties.
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Gurbanguly Myalikguliyevich Berdymuhammedov (Russian transliteration: Курбанкули (or Гурбангулы) Мяликгулыевич Бердымухаммедов, born June 29, 1957) has been the President of Turkmenistan since December 21, 2006, when he became acting president following the death of Saparmurat Niyazov, and the imprisonment of his constitutionally appointed successor, Öwezgeldi Ataýew. Berdymuhammedov and the Halk Maslahaty announced on December 26 that the next presidential elections would be held on February 11, 2007. On February 14, 2007, Berdymuhammedov was named the winner of the presidential election held three days earlier, and immediately sworn into office.

Berdymuhammedov was born on June 29, 1957 in Babarab in what is now the Geok Tepe etrap ("district") of Ahal province. He graduated from the Turkmen State Medical Institute in 1979 and entered a career in dentistry. He also received a PhD in medical sciences in Moscow. By 1992 he had become part of the dentistry faculty at the Medical Institute.

In an interview when asked about his life experience Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedov said:

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