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Russia and Iran opposed construction of gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Azerbaijan

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Iran is opposed to the construction of a gas pipeline in the Caspian Sea, as it could cause serious damage to the region's ecology, said Behruz Namdari, representative of the National Gas Company (Iran). This was reported by Iran's governmental agencies.

'The construction of a gas pipeline from east to west of the Caspian Sea can cause severe damage to the region's ecology... Iran is opposed to its construction,' said Namdari, speaking at the Caspian Economic Forum.

He recalled that Iran offers neighbours to use its infrastructure - gas pipelines and terminals - to supply gas to world markets.

This is the second statement in a day against the construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, through which Turkmen gas should flow through Azerbaijan to Europe.

Sergey Prikhodko

On the eve, the first deputy chief of staff of the government of the Russian Federation Sergey Prikhodko said that 'the interests of preserving the unique ecosystem of the Caspian have an absolute priority over any hypothetical economic projects,' TASS reports.

It is noteworthy that the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, signed on 12 August 2018, provides that such projects should be agreed only between countries through whose territorial waters the pipeline passes. However, later, the Russian Foreign Ministry explained that the laying of the gas pipeline would require coordination with all the Caspian Five countries (Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan) in accordance with the protocol to the 2003 Tehran Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context.

Thus, the only routes for supplying Turkmen energy to the West are transit pipelines through Kazakhstan and Russia.

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