Russia to initiate meeting on Caspian Sea status next month
Russia will initiate a meeting on the status of the Caspian Sea in December, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Baku Nov. 20.
“There are working ideas that can allow us to reach the level of the summit of the Caspian-littoral countries to address the issue of the legal status of the Caspian Sea," he added.
The Caspian littoral states – Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Iran – signed the Framework Convention for Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea in November of 2003.
Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the northern part of the Caspian Sea in order to exercise sovereign rights for subsoil use in July 1998. The two countries signed a protocol to the agreement in May 2002.
Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the Caspian Sea and a protocol to it on Nov. 29, 2001 and Feb. 27, 2003, respectively.
Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement on the delimitation of adjacent sections of the Caspian Sea on May 14, 2003.