Ilham Aliyev left for the summit Caspian Five

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev left for Astrakhan on Monday to participate in the IV Summit of Heads of Caspian littoral states.

According to the website of the President of Russia, the event will be attended by the presidents of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Russia.

"It is planned to discuss the key issues of interaction between the littoral states of the Caspian Sea, implementation of decisions taken at the previous summit in Baku in 2010, and outlines of the priority areas of cooperation between the countries of the region in the future. It is expected to sign multilateral agreements," the report says.

In addition, bilateral meetings between Vladimir Putin and heads of the Caspian countries are planned. Recall that the main issue discussed by the Caspian countries for many years is the legal status of the Caspian Sea. In this regard, the countries cannot come to a consensus.

At the same time, Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have resolved this issue among themselves and defined the boundaries of the national sectors bottom of the sea, where they arrange the exploration and production of oil and gas.

In addition to these issues, the parties will discuss the issues of navigation, the determination of national economic zones, the protection of biological resources, environmental issues, and others. These topics are indirectly related to the issue of construction of underwater oil and gas pipelines, which are opposed by Russia and Iran. Moscow and Tehran are against the construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, which will allow access of Turkmen gas to Europe, bypassing Russia and Iran. -16D-

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