AKIPRESS.COM - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev plans to travel to Turkmenistan later this month amid rumors that the Central Asian nation's leader has died.
Medvedev will visit Turkmenistan on August 11-12 to take part in the first Caspian Economic Forum, his press service said in a statement.
Medvedev is scheduled to meet with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during his trip to discuss bilateral issues, the statement said.
Berdymukhammedov's failure to appear in public since July 5, not even during a July 6 visit to the capital, Ashgabat, by EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini, has fueled speculation about the state of his health.
Turkmen authorities have repeatedly said the president is on vacation until August 15 even though the long-planned forum starts earlier.