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Russia, Iran mull ratification of convention on legal status of Caspian Sea

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Moscow and Tehran, in their contacts, are actively getting back to discussing the issue of ratifying the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

“The Caspian Summit was held in Astrakhan when Russia’s turn came. This summit took place in the Astrakhan Kremlin. It turned out to be productive – it laid the foundation for completing the work on the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, which four countries had already ratified,” the foreign minister said.

“Only Iran remained, they asked for a pause because they had an election campaign, and now we are returning to this topic,” he added.

The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea at the end of the 5th Caspian summit in Aktau on August 12, 2018. This agreement will take effect only after ratification by all five signatories. So far, the convention has been ratified by all countries except Iran.

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