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Moscow not to make oil, gas pipelines in Caspian Sea

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Moscow has no plans to make gas or oil pipelines in the Caspian Sea, said the special envoy of Russia in Caspian Sea Affairs.

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'Making a pipeline is possible under the agreement of all the littoral countries,' said Igor Baratchikov speaking to Russia's TVS.

Convention of the Caspian Sea that was signed on August 12 details the making of such pipelines; if pipelines are in accordance with the Sea's ecological conditions and international agreements, they can be made, Baratchikov said.

On August 12, 2018, presidents of five Caspian Sea littoral states signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea calling it a landmark instrument that is expected to expand good-neighborly relations among parties including Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Russia and Kazakhstan.

Around 90 percent of the Convention has been addressed by the member states.

Only two issues – determining the base lines and delimitation of the remaining seabed and underground resources – need further negotiations, said a statement by the Foreign Ministry one day after signing of the Convention. It expressed hope that the two issues would also become finalized with the cooperation of all member-states.

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