The Russian State Duma ratified the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, signed in Aktau last August, RIA Novosti reported .
One of the main principles of the convention, important for Russia, is the absence of armed forces in the Caspian Sea that do not belong to the participants in the document.
In addition, it is noted that "ratification will make the relations of partners in the region more stable and predictable." Conditions for expanding cooperation in the areas of security, transport and shipping, fisheries, exploration and production of hydrocarbons will become more favorable.
Foreign Minister Ambassador Igor Bratchikov noted that Russia's participation in the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea strengthens the country's position on the creation of the Trans Caspian gas pipeline.
Recall that in July, Russian Ambassador to Baku Mikhail Bocharnikov spoke out against the construction of the Trans Caspian gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan, citing this as a threat to the safety of the ecology of the reservoir.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan