MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. The creation of a Caspian council could help to further boost regional cooperation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with the top diplomats of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
"Today, we can say with certainty that cooperation in the Caspian region has reached a high level, but additional efforts are needed to improve the quality of five-party interaction and strengthen its foundations in terms of international law," he pointed out.
"The move to create a Caspian council could raise the effectiveness of our work, which would be a forum for cooperation and dialogue free of bureaucratic red tape," Lavrov added.
"These are precisely the tasks to which our meeting today is dedicated. We outlined a wide range of topics that are important for the implementation of decisions made at the Caspian Summits, and we will focus on a number of practical issues and draft documents under our consideration," the top Russian diplomat added.