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Caspian states to hold joint drills next year — Lavrov

December 05, 15:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The defense ministries of Caspian littoral states agreed to hold joint drills in the region next summer

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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. The defense ministries of Caspian littoral states (Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan) are successfully interacting and will hold joint drills in the region next summer, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Russia’s top diplomat made this statement after a meeting of the Caspian littoral states’ foreign ministers.

"We positively assessed interaction of the defense ministries in the Caspian Sea region," Lavrov noted.

"This year, actually all the littoral states have exchanged friendly visits by the navies’ ships. The Sea Cup 2017 international contest held in summer was a big success. Next year, joint drills [by the Caspian littoral states] are planned," Russia’s top diplomat said.

"Also, a draft agreement on preventing incidents in the Caspian Sea is at an advanced stage of approval. The draft is the basic document for developing a solid system of confidence-building measures in the region," Lavrov noted.

This document will be submitted together with the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea to the 5th Caspian summit in Kazakhstan next year for approval, the Russian foreign minister said.

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