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Monday, 25 June 2018 17:00

Is the solution of Caspian Status “in hands of Vladimir Putin”? Featured

Is the solution of Caspian Status “in hands of Vladimir Putin”?

For the first time in the history of the negotiations concerning the Caspian status, the Government of RF de jure accepted Azerbaijan’s and Kazakhstan’s official position on laying of transport communications along the Caspian Sea bed, which they  have expressed since 1994. In particular, the Government has approved the draft of the convention about the legal status of the Caspian Sea and submitted the draft to the RF President for approval, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the official internet portal of the legal information.

It is the first time the draft of the convention about the legal status of the Caspian Sea implies the possibility for the participating countries to build subwater pipelines.

“The sides can lay underwater cables and pipelines along the bottom of the Caspian Sea”, the 14tharticle of the draft convention states. Besides, it stipulates that such projects must meet environmental requirements and standards “fixed in the international agreements which they participate in”. In particular, the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea of 2003 and protocols it contains are mentioned. 

“The route for laying subwater cables and pipelines is determined and agreed with a party whose seabed sector to be crossed by a subwater cable or a pipeline”, the draft of the convention notes.

 

Countries laying a pipeline are obliged to report to the participants of the future convention about coordinates of areas where cables and pipelines are laid, and subwater operations are prohibited.

It is worth mentioning that Russia and Iran had previously opposed construction of pipelines along the bottom of the Caspian Sea, which is why the importance of the Trans Caspian gas pipeline project from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan faded.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev had previously signed an order about approval of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan and Ministry of Oil of Iran about the joint development of relevant blocks in the Caspian Sea. The Memorandum was signed on the 27th of March 2018 in the course of the visit made by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani to Baku. The website of the Head of State of Azerbaijan says that Ilham Aliyev has assigned responsibility for the implementation of the Memorandum items to the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan and SOCAR (State Oil Company).

Thus, considering the coherence with regard to this matter almost between all Caspian countries, it seems that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, who is to sign the governmental document, has the final word in this issue.

More details: 

 

http://publication.pravo.gov.ru/Document/View/0001201806220038

Person in charge of the newsline: Fidan Isayeva

 

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