Caspian Five (Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan) have achieved significant progress during the talks on the settlement of the Caspian Sea status, Russian Foreign Minister said on Tuesday, RIA reports. Five Caspian Sea littoral states - Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan - bear responsibility for the security in the Caspian Sea region but cooperation with third parties is possible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Iran’s top diplomat has said any non-littoral military presence in the Caspian region is inadmissible. "Maintaining the Caspian Sea as a water area of peace, friendship and stability; refraining from the arms race; giving up the use of force and the inadmissibility of non-littoral military presence are the major prerequisites for guaranteeing peace and stability in the region," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Tuesday, the Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports.
Foreign ministers of five Caspian littoral countries - Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan meet in Moscow Tuesday to discuss preparations for the Caspian summit, due to be held in the autumn of 2014 in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the Foreign Ministers of the five Caspian Sea littoral states, namely Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan are due to meet next in Moscow in spring 2014 to determine the legal status of the Caspian Sea, Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said as he opened the 34th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea in Moscow earlier today that the military presence of non-Caspian countries in the Caspian Sea region is inadmissible, Voice of Russia correspondent Kira Kalinina reports.
The idea of turning the Caspian region into a key world provider of oil and gas is still far from implementation. The intrinsic reason for this is the fall of production instead of its growth.
Kazakh scientists are worried that Iran’s plans of pumping a large amount of water from the Caspian Sea for desalinating it may cause serious damage to Kazakhstan.
The Caspian Sea, the largest land-locked enclosed body of water on Earth, has been an exclusive economic zone of Russia and Iran for nearly 300 years. Originally, the status of the Caspian Sea was enshrined in the Treaty of Rasht signed by the Russian Empire and Persia in 1729.
The Caspian Sea washes the borders of five countries. These are Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan. They remain at odds over a wide range of difficult issues, including the legal status of the Caspian Sea itself.
Russian naval ships are to watch over the extraction of oil and other bio-resources in the disputed regions of the Caspian sea. In the meantime, Russian sailors are training in the waters of the Caspian, which neighbouring states have so far failed to demarcate.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has urged Caspian countries to cooperate in the restoration of the sturgeon population in the Caspian Sea. Visiting the Astrakhan Region in the Lower Volga area, the president asked Governor Alexander Zhilkin about methods of restoring the number of sturgeon in the sea to the level of the 1990s.
Moscow is offering to discuss a draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea at the upcoming summit of the Caspian Sea states, slated for November in Moscow.
Russia urges speeding up work on a Convention on the Caspian Sea legal basis to submit the draft to a five-way summit due in Moscow later this year.
Russia has called on Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran to join efforts to solve the issue of the legal status of the Caspian, to prevent outsiders from using the gap to solve their selfish military problems. The possibility of the appearance of foreign military infrastructures in the Caspian region is real.
Apart from precious fish stocks, the Caspian Sea holds an estimated 5 billion tons of oil and 8 trillion cubic meters of natural gas. Unfortunately, work to develop these resources is being held up by disagreements among the five Caspian powers- Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan.
In an interview with the Voice of Russia aired on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed hope that the beginning of next month will see the resumption of six-party talks on the Iranian nuclear problem, parleys that he recalled include five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany.
The leaders of the five Caspian Sea nations – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – will meet in the Azeri capital Baku on Thursday with regional economic cooperation and the legal status of the Caspian Sea atop the summit’s agenda. Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev is already in Baku.
The leaders of the five Caspian Sea nations – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – will in the Azeri capital Baku on Thursday with regional economic cooperation and the legal status of the Caspian Sea atop the summit’s agenda.
The President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev is expected in Azerbaijan`s capital Baku for a summit of the Caspian “five” – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Mr. Medvedev will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev is heading for Azerbaijan’s capital Baku for a summit of the Caspian “five” - Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The legal status of the Caspian Sea and regional economic cooperation are expected to top the summit’s agenda.