Rosneft, Gazprom deny that Uralkali row affecting their Belarus business

September 14, 2013 RBTH, Interfax
The chief executives of Rosneft and Gazprom on Saturday dismissed suspicions that the row between Russia and Belarus over Russian company Uralkali is affecting their firms' business in Belarus.

The chief executives of Rosneft and Gazprom on Saturday dismissed suspicions that the row between Russia and Belarus over Russian company Uralkali is affecting their firms' business in Belarus.

"It's having no effect on us. Rosneft holds stable positions in the Republic of Belarus. We have normal, stable partners," Rosneft's Igor Sechin told reporters in Sochi. Rosneft is in talks in seeking to boost its Belarusian business "along all lines," he said.

Asked whether Rosneft has any new projects to pursue in Belarus, he said: "Of course we do. We have both oil and petrochemical projects."

He also confirmed that Rosneft is not going to reduce its exports to Belarus. "We aren't planning any reductions, but there are some possibilities concerning the transportation infrastructure," he said.

"There is no war," he added.

Gazprom's Alexei Miller spoke in the same vein. "Beltransgaz is our 100% [subsidiary]. It has our own managers and our own people working there," he said.

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