The Kazakhstan government has approved the establishment of the Caspian Sea Research Institute, its Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation said on January 26th. The new institute will study the environmental problems of the Caspian Sea, the problem of its decreasing water levels, the causes of mass deaths of seals and fish, and issues of preserving the population of the Caspian seal. The institute will closely interact with similar institutes in other Caspian states. The institute will provide objective and independent information about the ecosystem of the Caspian Sea, the ministry said, adding that its research data will serve as the basis for decision-making by state and local executive bodies concerning Caspian issues.
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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Caspian Sea is a promising area for cooperation between its littoral states — Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan; but their cooperation in the transport and energy spheres is hindered by different geopolitical, and economic, interests of the regional states. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Stephen Blank*: Continue reading
NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin and Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Asadov on November 19 attended the ceremony of launching the construction of the TransCaspian Fiber Optic in Aktau, Kazakhstan. The fiber-optic communication line between the two countries will be laid on the bottom of the Caspian Sea, the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported. Continue reading
BISHKEK (TCA) — Russia has moved to increase its imports of natural gas from Central Asian countries with the purpose to increase its influence on the regional countries, and to prevent the construction of a Trans-Caspian gas pipeline to deliver Turkmen gas to Europe. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Azad Garibov*: Continue reading
TURKMENBASHI, Turkmenistan (TCA) — Two OSCE-supported events launched activities in Turkmenistan aimed at promoting green ports and connectivity in the Caspian Sea region. A roundtable discussion for experts on 29 October took place in Ashgabat and a technical workshop was held on 30 October at the Turkmenbashi International Seaport, the OSCE reported. Continue reading
BISHKEK (TCA) — Turkmenistan’s aspiration to export its natural gas to Europe via the planned Trans-Caspian Pipeline faces geopolitical challenges, as China and Russia remain the main buyers of Turkmen gas. We are republishing the following article on the issue, written by Ilgar Gurbanov: Continue reading