Rosneft may back out of Morgan Stanley oil unit deal

Rosneft (ROSN.MM), Russia's biggest crude oil producer, may back out of a deal to buy Morgan Stanley (MS.N)'s oil trading unit because Western sanctions make it virtually impossible to finance day-to-day operations, three sources close to the state-controlled company said.

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Exxon winds down drilling as U.S. sanctions hit Russia

Exxon Mobil said on Friday it will wind down drilling in Russia's Arctic in the face of U.S. sanctions targeting Western cooperation with Moscow's oil sector, after the Obama administration granted a brief extension to safely mothball its operations.

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Russia needs government investment to avoid recession, says former finance minister

Russia risks slipping into recession because the government is not investing enough in the economy to weather Western sanctions, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday, criticizing the strategy so far.

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Rosneft struggles to grow as sanctions hit Russia's oil champion

The Kremlin's prized oil firm Rosneft is cutting staff and production and selling stakes in Siberian fields in the strongest evidence to date that Western sanctions are hurting what was the world's fastest growing oil firm in recent years.

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EU slaps new sanctions on Russia, may suspend them if ceasefire holds

The European Union slapped new economic sanctions on Russia on Friday, but said they could be suspended if Moscow withdraws its troops from Ukraine and observes a ceasefire.

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Further sanctions would have 'chilling effect' on Russia: IIF

The Institute of International Finance warned on Friday that further sanctions on Russia would have a "broader chilling effect on Russia" and its companies who are already largely excluded from raising foreign capital.

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Rosneft to sell more than 2 mln metric ton of crude oil to BP

Russia's top oil producer has been planning to sell more than 2 million metric ton of crude oil to state-controlled BP in a deal valued more than $1.15 billion and was approved by the company's board.

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Rosneft not eyeing any more acquisitions, will focus on Morgan Stanley unit merger instead

Russian oil producer Rosneft said on Friday that it does not have any plans to make strategic acquisitions after agreeing to acquire Morgan Stanley's oil trading unit last week.

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Morgan Stanley divests physical oil trading operations to Rosneft

Wall Street lender Morgan Stanley has divested a major portion of its worldwide physical oil trading business to Rosneft, Russia's state-run oil company, Reuters reported.

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Lukoil in talks with international oil players to sell stake in Venezuelan gas project

Russia's No. 2 oil producer Lukoil is looking to put up for sale its 20% stake in a Russian consortium developing a large oil project in Venezuela. Lukoil is in talks with international players after Rosneft offered a price lower than what Lukoil had asked.

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Russian Rosneft in talks to buy Morgan Stanley's oil trading unit

Russia's state-run oil firm Rosneft is looking to acquire Morgan Stanley's oil trading business for an unspecified amount. Morgan Stanley has been trying to sell or spin off the said business unit over a year ago.

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Russian oil producer Bashneft chooses banks for its London listing

Three financial sources said Russia-based oil firm Bashneft selected Morgan Stanley, Sberbank, and Barclays as global coordinators for the company's planned secondary listing in London.

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Top deals of the day - Bids, Mergers and Acquisitions

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported on Tuesday including Nokia, IntercontinentalExchange Group, Goldman Sachs and others.

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Top deals of the day - M&As

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported on Tuesday.

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Letter to Putin indicates Rosneft plan to acquire 20% stake in Novorossiisk Sea Port

Rosneft Chief Executive Igor Sechin to President Vladimir Putin revealed plans of the oil company to acquire the government's 20% stake in Novorossiisk Commercial Sea Port (NCSP).

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