Russian President Vladimir Putin said an agreement concerning the legal status of the Caspian Sea prohibits the armed forces of non-Caspian countries from accessing the body of water, after signing the convention in the Kazakh city of Aktau on Sunday.

“It [the convention] guarantees the settlement of all topical issues of the agenda on the basis of consensus and mutual consideration of interests, and ensures peace on the Caspian Sea, as the presence of armed forces of non-participants is prohibited,” he said.

His Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for his part emphasised that “that Caspian states’ lands could not be used against another Caspian state.”

The agreement regulates the legal status of the body of water and the rights of the five Caspian Sea countries. The convention clarifies that the surface water will be for common use for each of the countries, while the seabed and subsoil will be divided up in accordance with an international legal framework.

According to the Kremlin, the five countries have been working on an agreement since 1996.

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