The Ambassador of Russia to Baku is quoted as saying that Russia opposed the TransCaspian gas pipeline

The Azerbaijani media outlet Minval reports that the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Baku Mikhail Bocharnikov expressed the position of Russia towards the construction of the TransCaspian gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan.

The position of Russia on the subject remains unchanged. First of all, we should be primarily guided by the requirements set forth by the obligations undertaken which pertain to international environmental protection agreements, as well as understanding of the fact that hypothetical and far from being obvious benefits of some of economy operators should not prevail over the longterm interests of the residents of the Caspian states and prospects for preserving the ecosystem of the body of water, � Bocharnikov said.

The Ambassador referred to the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, which had been signed in August 2018 by the five Caspian states.

Pursuant to the document, the sides had been provided with a hypothethical opportunity and legal frameworks to lay gas pipelines along the seabed only when all five countries ensure the environmental safety of the project.

The full analysis of the Convention is available here.

It should be emphasized that on 1 July Russia's Gazprom signed the gas import agreement with Turkmengas.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan