• 3 hours Oil Falls As Trump Tweet Blasts OPEC
  • 3 days Comey vs.Trump, Part 2: Comey's Memos. What's next?
  • 9 mins Oil Prices Hit Highest Level Since 2014
  • 26 mins Michael Bloomberg Contributes $4.5 Million For Paris Climate Deal After Trump Bails
  • 17 mins Investing in Oil & Gas
  • 3 days Trump's top energy adviser resigns
  • 3 days HAPPY RIG COUNT DAY!!
  • 15 mins Asian Oil Demand To Hit Record - The Price Per Barrel Continues To Grow
  • 3 days Net Income At Saudi Aramco Tops $33 bn in the first half of 2017!
  • 3 days Anybody Watching Aluminum Stocks Today??
  • 3 days will oil hold?
  • 3 days Robot Completes Hardest Job Known to Man
  • 54 mins Trump: "Larry, go get it done,'” - US to rejoin TPP
  • 3 days Venezuela gives Oil Minister 'Extra Powers' to halt production decline
  • 3 days Maduro Under Pressure: EU Says May Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela If Democracy Undermined
  • 3 days The future of oil and gas exploration in New Zealand
Renewables Are Booming In Oil Country

Renewables Are Booming In Oil Country

There is no denying that…

The Bearish Case For Oil Stocks

The Bearish Case For Oil Stocks

Oil stocks have seen a…

Tsvetana Paraskova

Tsvetana Paraskova

Tsvetana is a writer for the U.S.-based Divergente LLC consulting firm with over a decade of experience writing for news outlets such as iNVEZZ and…

More Info

Russia’s Tatneft Operated In Crimea Despite U.S. Sanction Risk

Tatneft

Russia’s oil company Tatneft, one of the biggest in the country, operated in Crimea until very recently despite the risk of being blacklisted by the U.S., Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing Tatneft documents and a source close to the company.

After the U.S. slapped sanctions on Russia over the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, most big oil companies from Russia withdrew from Crimea, faced with the threat of being placed on a blacklist of sanctioned firms.

According to a Reuters investigation and two visits of reporters to a fuel station in Sevastopol in Crimea, the company that operated the station until September was controlled by subsidiaries of Tatneft.

A document seen by Reuters in early September also showed that a wholly owned unit of Tatneft was selling the fuel to the gas station. The Russian company told Reuters in mid-September that it “does not supply [its own or anyone else’s] fuel to Crimea or Sevastopol.”

However, after the first visit of a reporter to the fuel site, Tatneft was no longer listed as the ultimate owner of the gas station, according to tax and company records that Reuters has compiled and compared.

The fuel station in Sevastopol “officially does not belong to Tatneft, so as not to fall under sanctions, but de facto it’s entirely Tatneft,” a source in Tatneft told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Related: Houthi Missile Targeting Riyadh Palace Intercepted

According to two Moscow-based lawyers specializing in sanctions law, Tatneft’s operations in Crimea would be grounds for the U.S. Treasury to put the Russian oil company on a list of firms that U.S. companies are prohibited from doing business with. 

The Tatarstan region in Russia holds nearly 36 percent in Tatneft, and the administration of the region’s president told Reuters that the company did not own fuel stations in Crimea, and that Tatneft had pulled out of Crimea in 2013.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News