Ashgabat is hosting the meeting of the Caspian littoral states' foreign ministers - Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
The meeting is devoted to preparations for the Sixth Caspian Summit, which is to be held in Ashgabat on June 29, 2022.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier that the five top diplomats will review cooperation in the Caspian region and will discuss modalities of further cooperation within the preparations for an upcoming Caspian summit.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday arrived in Turkmenistan’s capital city to take part in a meeting.
The previous ministerial meeting in the corresponding format was held in Kazakhstan's port city Aktau on August 11, 2018.
"The meeting, organized on the eve of the Fifth Caspian Summit, witnessed the signing of a historical Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea," Zakharova added. "It's scheduled to review cooperation in the Caspian Sea and discuss the further collaboration modalities for the upcoming meeting of leaders of five Caspian littoral states [Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russian, Iran, and Turkmenistan] at the Council of Foreign Ministers in Ashgabat".