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Turkmen Leader Holds Meetings In Moscow

President Niyazov 10 May 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov recently held a number of bilateral meetings in Moscow, reported.

Niyazov, who rarely travels abroad, was in Moscow on 8 May.

A meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko focused on bilateral economic cooperation and the need to modernize transport systems for shipping gas from Turkmenistan to Ukraine.

Talks between LUKoil head Vagit Alekperov and the Turkmen president examined the possibility of LUKoil's participation in developing Turkmen oil and gas fields located on the Caspian shelf.

The energy sector also stood at the center of a discussion between Niyazov and Chinese President Hu Jintao, who invited his Turkmen counterpart to visit China. Niyazov accepted the invitation and, in turn, invited Hu Jintao to visit Turkmenistan.