On Sunday, President Vladimir Putin approved the Naval Doctrine document, in accordance with which Russia intends to deepen ties with the Caspian states – Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Iran, reports interfax.az.
“One of the priorities of Russia’s national maritime policy in the Caspian region is “strengthening the economic and geopolitical position of the Russian Federation in the Caspian region, deepening economic, military and cultural ties with the states of this region” and “development of international military cooperation with the naval forces of the states of the Caspian region”, says the message.
In accordance with the doctrine, Russia will develop the forces (troops) and the basing system of the Caspian flotilla, and increase their quantitative and qualitative parameters.
In the document, the Caspian region is designated as having “mineral and biological resources of significant volume and unique quality, requiring an integrated approach to their development, taking into account the rights and obligations of the Russian Federation, defined by the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea of August 12, 2018.”
In accordance with the doctrine, Russia intends to modernize and increase the throughput capacity of Russian seaports, railway and automobile approaches to them.
Among the priorities of the national maritime policy is to increase the effectiveness of measures for the conservation and reproduction of aquatic biological resources, primarily fish of the sturgeon family, and the development of integrated forms of fishing.
It is also noted that Russia is going to develop cooperation with the states of the Caspian region in the field of hydrometeorology and monitoring of the marine environment of the Caspian Sea, to ensure the environmental safety of the life of the population of coastal areas.
Among the priorities is also cooperation in the field of tourism in order to organize Caspian Sea cruise routes.