US trafficking with Turkmenistan is relatively negligible, with the import from the central Asia region only $13. 8 million in 2017, according to the Census Bureau. However, European Union figures show that Turkey is Turkmenistan's second biggest international commercial player, as shown by US Department of Agriculture figures, which are mainly due to Ashgabat's cotton export.
However, these endeavours could be hampered by sea and sand storms that are now passing through the two areas, as the Turkmen Radio Azatlyk report from RFE/RL on 27 May. Reuters announced on 23 May that the Managing Director of the Turkmen firm in charge of the construction of the long-awaited trans-Afghan TAPI gas pipelines expected the funding of the scheme by the third trimester of this year.
Relying on a trend that may or may not, state press office TDH noted that Berdymukhamedov strongly criticized Finance and Economics Minister Batyr Bazarov on May 25, for "serious shortcomings" in his work. TAPI's only public declared outside assistance comes from the Saudi supported Islamic Bank, which pledged a $700 million grant to the multi-billion US dollars in October 2016.
And, as the Associated Press of Pakistan has said, there are still some tariff treaties to be concluded between Turkmenistan and Pakistan, making it hard to see how believers will be willing to subscribe to the scheme until the conditions are fully known. In Turkmenistan, which still sees frantic moments of those who spend long periods in shops hoping to get staple foods such as edible oils, flours and candy.
Radio Azatlyk has said that the mood in the crowd is no less toxic. If there is a starvation, they say," Radio Azatlyk journalist said about a shooting in Ashgabat. However, Radio Azatlyk had some seldom encouraging messages when it unveiled on 26 May that its journalist Saparmamed Nepeskuliyev, who was arrested in 2015, had been set free.
Nepeskulyliyev has also authored for the exiled Alternative News of Turkmenistan, which is very sensitive to the Iranian state. While it will be a comfort to Nepeskulijew's relatives and fellow Members that he has been released from jail, the fact that this has happened is little reason for too much cheering, a point well voiced by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Observer of European Law on Broadcasting.
"and @RFERL employee #SaparmamedNepeskuliev from #Turkmenistan is out. However, his liberty comes after he has already serving a three-year sentence for invented allegations," Harlem Désir, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Press, posted on Twitter. But it is not the case that nothing is happening on the international front.
TDH reports that on May 23, TDH officials from the Kremlin-funded RT (formerly Russia Today) paid a visit to Ashgabat to see their Turkmen mates. Turkmenistan seems to be hoping that RT can contribute to raising its image on the world scene through co-operation and education. "Turkmenistan, whose information policies, as President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov pointed out, are aimed at accelerating the flow of information globally, can benefit from the expertise of such a large press holding," TDH said.
Talking of streams and medias, Alternative News of Turkmenistan has alleged that Gumdag City PD is instructed to check open lavatories to determine if humans have used imitations of the Neutral Turkmenistan paper to mop up.