Environmental cooperation between Caspian states vital - Putin
AKTAU. Aug 12 (Interfax) - The Caspian Five states have worked out a solid regulatory base, which makes it possible to protect the Caspian Sea's environmental system from a possible negative impact of infrastructure projects, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
"We view interaction between the Caspian states in environmental issues and preservation of biological resources as no less important. The implementation of the entire host of beneficial agreements is already in progress within the framework of the Caspian Five, that is, the framework convention on protection of the marine environment in the Caspian Sea, the agreement on rational use of Caspian biological resources and the protocol on evaluation of the trans-border environmental impact," Putin said at the fifth Caspian summit in Aktau.
"These documents provide for a strict environmental inspection of infrastructure projects, which pose theoretical risks for the wellbeing of the Caspian Sea," the Russian president said.