Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted the government's proposal to sign the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea, Interfax reported on Monday.
The corresponding order of the head of state was published on the official Internet portal of legal information on Friday.
"To consider it expedient to sign the Convention provided for by this order at the highest level," the document says.
The order also permitted the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in the negotiations on the signing of the Convention to make to its project, approved by the government, the changes are not of a fundamental character.
On December 5, 2017, foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, following the meeting of the Ministers of foreign Affairs of the "Caspian five" held in Moscow, said that its participants agreed on all the key provisions of the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea, work on which was carried out for almost 20 years. According to him, the text of the document is actually ready to be signed by the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan at the fifth Caspian summit, which will be held in 2018 in Kazakhstan.
S. Lavrov then said that in the near future the editorial revision of the Convention, translation into national languages and domestic preparation for signing in each of the countries will be carried out.
Meanwhile, in early June, Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said that the summit of the "Caspian five", which is expected to sign the Convention on the legal status of the sea, is scheduled for August.
It should be reminded that according to one of the articles of the Convention, coastal States have the right to build pipelines along the Caspian sea bottom with the permission of only those countries through whose sectors this pipeline will pass.