Russia, Kazakhstan & Azerbaijan Ink Caspian Agreement

Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have signed an agreement on the intersection of their sectors in the Caspian Sea. The agreement was signed Wednesday by the Kazakh and Azerbaijan deputy foreign ministers Kairat Abuseitov and Khalaf Khalafov, and Russian special presidential envoy in charge of the Caspian problem, Deputy Foreign Minister Viktor Kalyuzhny. "This agreement is mostly technical and has no conceptual content. We have signed what we documented earlier in our bilateral agreements," Abuseitov said after signing the agreement. He said that the agreement crowns negotiations that have lasted for about four years. Khalafov said that this agreement "is an integral part of the talks on the legal status of the Caspian Sea."

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