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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia, Iran Warn Against Pipeline Plans

Russia and Iran have slammed plans to build oil and gas pipelines under the Caspian Sea without the agreement of all states bordering the sea.

In an official joint statement issued Monday the two countries expressed their "categorical disagreement with the realization of such projects before the final achievement, by all Caspian littoral states, of a general agreement on accepting a new law on the status of the Caspian Sea and a guarantee on its ecological safety."

Russia and Iran oppose plans by Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to export oil and gas from the Caspian basin to Turkey. The planned pipelines avoid Russian and Iranian territory.

Turkmenistan is developing plans to build a subsea gas pipeline which would then cross Azerbaijan to Turkey, and Azerbaijan wants to see an oil pipeline built running from Baku to Ceyhan in Turkey.

The United States is putting considerable diplomatic effort into supporting both these projects.