September 22, 2008

Russian Companies May Set Up Energy Consortium With Venezuela

Excerpt from report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS

Moscow, 22 September: Russian and Venezualan oil and gas companies may set up a consortium for working at oil and gas fields in Latin America, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin has said, reporting on the results of his visit to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua last week.

"With our companies' participation, a consortium may be set up for working in Venezuela and other countries of the region," he said. [Passage omitted]

["Energy should become the driving force for cooperation with Venezuela," Sechin said, as reported by Interfax news agency, Moscow, in Russian, 1049 gmt 22 Sep 08.]

Originally published by ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow, in Russian 1129 22 Sep 08.

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