"Turkmenistan's position on the legal status of the Caspian Sea is very balanced and responsible. We are committed to continued engagement with partners in different formats in terms of constructive dialogue, respect and equality,"said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in an interview with the Turkmen mass media on the eve of his departure for New York.
As the Turkmenistan.ru correspondent reports, the head of state also said that Turkmenistan was the initiator of the first summit of Caspian littoral states, which was held in Ashgabat in the spring of 2002.
"We are fundamentally opposed to politicizing any outstanding issues on the Caspian Sea. In particular, the delimitation of the seabed and subsoil of the Caspian Sea is a legal issue that must be resolved exclusively in the legal field and in accordance with international norms. So we take this issue out of the brackets of our relations with the Caspian states, with each of which we have developed an active and multifaceted cooperation in political, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres and as part of future projects in the field of transport, energy, shipbuilding, shipping and communications," he said.
"We intend to further build and expand this cooperation as it serves the common interest, provide excellent opportunities for progress and welfare of the peoples of the Caspian states," Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.