It is too early to comment on the Convention on the status of the Caspian sea, said the state Department

© AFP 2018 / Nicholas kasdaye the U.S. state Department in Washington. Archival photoIt is too early to comment on the Convention on the status of the Caspian sea, said the state Department© 2018 AFP / Nicholas Kamm

The state Department is not yet ready to comment on the impact of the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea, which this weekend will sign in the fifth Caspian summit, on the situation of diversification of gas supplies to Europe.

«To give any comments is premature because we don’t know the details of the agreement,» said RIA Novosti the representative of the office on energy of the U.S. Department of state Vincent Campos.

The press service of the Kremlin reported earlier that in the forthcoming this weekend in Kazakhstan, the fifth Caspian summit parties summit to sign the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea, which was conducted in 1996.

Failure to address this issue is one of the obstacles to the construction of TRANS-Caspian gas pipeline that could deliver gas to Europe.

Previously, Campos had stated that the US «strongly supports» the project «southern gas corridor», which will be a serious competition to Russian gas supplies to Europe.

«Southern gas corridor» (SGC) with the length of 3,5 thousand km will deliver gas to Europe from the Caspian sea. Parts of the SGC are the South Caucasus pipeline, TANAP and TAP. The TANAP project envisages transporting gas from Azerbaijani field «Shah Deniz» through Georgia to Turkey, and after the construction of the TAR in 2020 — and in the countries of southern Europe.

But at the moment it is unclear how will be filled in the resource base of the pipeline. Current volumes of supply from Azerbaijan is not sufficient to complete filling of the TAP pipeline. Gas production in Azerbaijan from the field «Shah-Deniz» consumption of the gas in Turkey is not sufficient to completely fill the first stage of the pipeline, especially given the already operating gas pipeline «Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum». Assistance in the implementation of the project could provide gas supplies through Turkmenistan, but it just bothers uncertain legal status of the Caspian sea.

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