It is plausible to think hydrocarbon resources might be opened up by a border deal between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan but the Iranians would have plenty to say about that.
Bodyguards of Turkish construction company’s CEO reportedly exchanged blows with Turkmen security officials who tried to prevent him from leaving the country, which has been plunged into an economic crisis by low oil prices.
Transactions barred both inside and outside the country with money transfers restricted to parents sending sums to children studying abroad.
Success of project could clear way for eventual corridor of road, rail and communications networks linking Central and South Asia.
The trans-Caspian gas pipeline would allow European countries to cut their dependence on Russian gas, but with the legal status of the Caspian sea still unresolved the chances of it ever being built are very slim.