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Russian FM Hopes Caspian Sea Convention Will Be Ratified Without Delay

Russia does not plan to lay trunk pipelines along the bottom of the Caspian Sea, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s ambassador-at-large Igor Bratchikov, Sputnik reports.

“Actually, Russia and other littoral countries have already laid thousands of kilometers of pipes of different purposes in the Caspian… The number of such technical pipelines will only grow. As for the trunk, trans-Caspian pipelines, we don’t have the plans to build them,” Bratchikov said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.

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He said the laying of pipelines along the Caspian Sea bottom is ruled out in case of objections on the part of Caspian states. Igor Bratchikov also expressed hope that the process of ratification of the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea would not be dragged on.

“I think nobody will artificially delay the ratification process. The convention is a balanced and equitable document. It takes full account of the national interests of all littoral countries. Its early entry into force meets the needs of all parties,” Bratchikov told the Russian Kommersant newspaper in an interview.

However, the diplomat did not rule out that the procedure of ratification might be affected by electoral cycles in certain countries. “It is important to prevent the convention from becoming a hostage of pre-election battles,” Bratchikov noted.        Continue Reading