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Russian FM: Caspian Sea states must avoid negativism over legal status

TEHRAN, Jun.20 (ISNA)-Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that Caspian Sea countries should avoid negativism regarding the present circumstance since no new legal status has been issued concerning the Caspian Sea.

Speaking at the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs in Caspian Sea Countries in Tehran, Lavrov said that one of the main concerns of Caspian Sea nation was the issue of legal status.

"Since no new legal status has been issued, we must not give into negativism regarding the present circumstances," he said.

Lavrov further added that this meeting could serve as a prologue to the upcoming summit of leaders of Caspian Sea countries and bear good results concerning the issues of the region.

The first summit of the Caspian took place in 2002 in Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat. Participants had agreed to hold another summit in 2003. However, the meeting was postponed.

"The key issues of the Caspian Sea, particularly the military issue and clearer determination of limits and other issues could be discussed in this meeting," he stated while adding that the conventions among the three Republics and conventions among Iran and Russia and Iran and the USSR could serve as a basis on this issue.

Lavrov also reiterated that Russia was ready to take serious initiatives to support the law that forbids foreign vessels from trespassing over the Caspian Sea and its substantial reserves.

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