TURKMENISTAN DISTANCES ITSELF FROM MOSCOW IN TALKS WITH NATO LEADER.

Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 54

On the final leg of his Central Asian tour, NATO secretary general Javier Solana conferred with Turkmen president Saparmurad Niazov, Foreign Minister Boris Shikhmuradov, and military leaders in Ashgabat. Clearly distancing itself from Moscow, the Turkmen side announced that it has no objection to NATO’s eastward enlargement and that it appreciates NATO’s peacekeeping potential "in the West and the East." The Turkmen leaders also discussed an officer training program with Solana’s delegation. At the same time, they reaffirmed their known position that the country’s neutrality precludes its participation in joint military exercises planned to be held by NATO countries and Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, and Kyrgyzstan in the region this year. (Interfax, March 14; RIA, March 16)

The Monitor is a publication of the Jamestown Foundation. It is researched and written under the direction of senior analysts Jonas Bernstein, Vladimir Socor, Stephen Foye, and analysts Ilya Malyakin, Oleg Varfolomeyev and Ilias Bogatyrev. If you have any questions regarding the content of the Monitor, please contact the foundation. If you would like information on subscribing to the Monitor, or have any comments, suggestions or questions, please contact us by e-mail at [email protected], by fax at 301-562-8021, or by postal mail at The Jamestown Foundation, 4516 43rd Street NW, Washington DC 20016. Unauthorized reproduction or redistribution of the Monitor is strictly prohibited by law. Copyright (c) 1983-2002 The Jamestown Foundation Site Maintenance by Johnny Flash Productions