The five Caspian countries agreed that they can lay underwater cables and pipelines on the bottom of the Caspian sea, the text of the draft Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea, Interfax reports.

 "The parties may lay underwater trunk pipelines along the Caspian sea bottom provided that their projects meet the environmental requirements and standards set forth in international agreements to which they are parties, including the framework Convention for the protection of the marine environment of the Caspian sea of November 2013 and the relevant protocols thereto," the text of the draft Convention, posted on the official portal of legal information.

The text notes that"the route for laying submarine cables and pipelines shall be determined in agreement with the party through the bottom sector of which an underwater cable or pipeline shall be laid".

Earlier it was reported that the Cabinet of Ministers of Russia approved the draft Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea. The document notes that the project has been agreed with the concerned Federal Executive authorities and previously worked out with the Azerbaijani, Iranian, Kazakh and Turkmen sides.

The government decided to submit to the President a proposal for signing the Convention.