Caspian states summit may be held in Astana in early 2018, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said.
"Work is underway in this area, and now we are trying to wrap up some details for this document. [We] will probably manage to convene foreign ministers in Moscow roughly in December so that the final summit could be organized by the spring. This time it is due to be held in Kazakhstan, most probably in Astana," he said on the Russia 24 television channel live on Tuesday..
Karasin noted that foreign ministers from Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan may meet in Moscow this December to discuss preparation for the summit.
The diplomat noted that the Caspian summit should act as a role model in cooperation amid "various unpredictable approaches to large international problems." "This will enable the whole five wait for no gifts from extra-regional players and no faster development of the international situation, as well as provide the possibility to act independently and become an example of good regional cooperation," TASS cited Karasin as saying.