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Russia’s diplomatic push for Caspian cooperation

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Moscow, 7 December 2023 (WAI): At the meeting of Foreign Ministers from the Caspian littoral states on Tuesday in Moscow, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov emphasized the importance of greater collaboration amongst them in light of the evolving global order.

Lavrov stressed in his address that the Caspian area has excellent potential for growth in commerce, economy, the environment, research, humanitarianism, transportation, and transit.

He emphasized that creating a multipolar international order depends on the Caspian states working together more. This interaction will help raise the profile of emerging global development hubs.

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The Minister from Russia reaffirmed that more collaboration amongst the Caspian republics would result in enhanced security, which would protect the security of larger Eurasia.

Sergey Lavrov states, “The Caspian countries’ cooperative efforts significantly contribute to ensuring security, stability, and sustainable development on the Eurasian continent.”

He talked about the present challenges the countries around the Caspian Sea face. These are environmental concerns, such as preserving the biological diversity of the Caspian Sea and its shallowing. Each government in the area must cooperate with the others to address these issues.

Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that we all need to make the Caspian issue a top priority. It is a topic of frequent discussion among the five Caspian nation’s presidents and heads of state.

He said the 6th Caspian Summit, which took place in Ashgabat in June 2022, and the 2nd Caspian Economic Forum, which took place in Moscow in October 2022, provided a significant impetus for cooperation in this format. We plan to further this trajectory after the third Caspian Economic Forum, slated to take place in Tehran.

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The 2018 Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea states that only the five of us nations have the power to settle disputes about the Caspian Sea. Lavrov says we see this as the cornerstone of the expanding Caspian community and a guarantee of involvement in the area’s growth.

The 12th summit of the coastal countries of the Caspian Sea was presided over by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and attended by the Foreign Ministers of Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan.

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