Iran's deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ibrahim Rahimpour, at the 39th meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the legal status of the Caspian Sea in March 2015 (photo: dpa)

Russia remains leading power in the Caspian region at heart of Eurasia

The Caspian region, lying at a strategically and geographically important crossroads in the heart of Eurasia has attracted the interest of all leading global powers. All want some part of it for differing reasons. But one major challenge over whether the Caspian is a sea or a lake, and who owns what, remains unresolved.

EUROPE and Asia are linked by the Caspian region sitting on a crucial geographical and cultural crossroads which has proved to be strategically important for military and economic reasons for centuries.

The region is the middle of a rough neighbourhood with almost 25,000 square kilometres under some sort of foreign occupation. The broader region is becoming...

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 Luke Coffey
Overarching all the challenges the region faces is the issue of Caspian ownership. The unsettled question is whether the Caspian is a lake or a sea
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