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Ukrainian, Turkmen Leaders Vow Increased Ties

Visiting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov have vowed to boost bilateral cooperation in various sectors, including energy ties.

After talks in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, on October 29, Poroshenko called Turkmen-Ukrainian relations "historic and strategic" and expressed his confidence that ties between the two former Soviet countries will continue to develop.

Poroshenko added that he expects Berdymukhammedov to come to Kyiv on an official visit in the first half of 2016.

Berdymukhammedov said his country "is ready to boost energy deliveries" to Ukraine, also stressing the importance of developing Kyiv-Ashgabat cooperation in the energy and transportation sectors.

Turkmenistan owns the world's fourth-biggest reserves of natural gas.

Ukraine has faced problems with natural-gas deliveries from Russia amid a souring of relations over the Kremlin's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and the ongoing conflict between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian armed forces in eastern Ukraine.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax

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