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The Fourth Caspian Summit has taken place in Astrakhan

September 29, 2014, Astrakhan

The leaders of all the Caspian Sea littoral states took part in the summit: President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

The leaders of the five countries are set to discussed, in particular, the Caspian’s legal status and issues pertaining to security in the region.

The summit concluded with the presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan signing a joint declaration and adopting a final communique.

The five leaders witnessed the signing of the Agreement on Hydrometeorology Cooperation in the Caspian Sea, the Agreement on Cooperation on Disaster Warning and Relief in the Caspian Sea, and the Agreement on Preservation and Rational Use of Caspian Sea Marine Biological Resources.

The leaders of the five countries also made press statements.

The first Caspian summit was held in 2002 in Ashgabat, the second five years later in Tehran, and the third in Baku in 2010. Kazakhstan will become the next host country following the Astrakhan summit.

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The presidents of the five Caspian states went for a walk along the Volga embankment and released young sturgeon into the river. The five leaders pressed together a symbolic button that released the sturgeons from a pool into the Volga. The ceremony was held to demonstrate the importance the Caspian states’ leaders place on preserving the sea’s biological resources. 

During their walk along the embankment, Mr Putin, Mr Aliyev, Mr Rouhani, Mr Nazarbayev and Mr Berdimuhamedov spoke with participants in the Caspian Youth Summit, which took place earlier.

September 29, 2014, Astrakhan