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Gas revenue boost will not resolve Turkmen problems

Thursday, July 1, 2021


Government finances crashed last year as Chinese demand for natural gas, Turkmenistan's main export, dropped sharply owing to the impact of COVID-19.


  • Russia is now China's second-largest gas supplier but Turkmenistan will retain its strong lead.
  • Progress on the trans-Afghan and trans-Caspian pipelines is a long way off.
  • Unlike Tajik and Uzbek leaders, the government is feigning unconcern about Taliban offensives south of the Afghan border.

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