Azerbaijan accused Turkmenistan of starting exploration at the disputed Kapaz deposit in the Caspian Sea and said it would take “appropriate measures” if the Central Asian nation didn’t stop.
The Turkmen ambassador in Baku, Toyly Komekov, was summoned to the Azeri Foreign Ministry today and handed a protest note over the exploration work, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement. Exploration at the field, also known as Serdar, before a resolution of the dispute violates an agreement signed by the two countries in 2008, according to the statement.
Azerbaijan “strongly protested the Turkmen side and said that Turkmenistan’s illegal activities are unacceptable,” the ministry said. “Azerbaijan preserves the right to take appropriate measures to defend its sovereign rights in the Caspian.”
The five littoral states, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran, have failed to agree on the maritime boundaries of the Caspian Sea after the disintegration of the former Soviet Union in 1991.
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