A convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea will keep the sea free from any military facilities except of either Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Iran or Azerbaijan, according to nur.kz citing Kazakhstan’s KTK Channel.
The accord was reached between foreign ministers of the five Caspian states at talks held in Moscow.
Although the countries have been in dispute over delimitation of the sea bed for the last two decades, the diplomats came up with unanimous decision on alien military presence.
There is hardly any other issue within the CIS area which was talked over so long at this high level.
It is 18 years now the Caspian states have been seeking a compromise on who should own the sea, what laws should regulate it and who should be prevented from entering it under any pretext.
The issue is critical due to the Caspian Sea being a storage of huge oil deposits, being rich with bioresources – the sturgeon initially, and a place of location for navies.