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28 Feb 2022

Author:
Ron Bousso,
Author:
Dmitry Zhdannikov, Reuters,
Author:
// L'Usine Nouvelle et Reuters

BP to divest stake in Russian state-oil company Rosneft after Ukraine invasion

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BP quits Russia in up to $25 billion hit after Ukraine invasion

BP is abandoning its stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft in an abrupt and costly end to three decades of operating in the energy-rich country, marking the most significant move yet by a Western company in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Rosneft accounts for around half of BP's oil and gas reserves and a third of its production and divesting the 19.75% stake will result in charges of up to $25 billion, the British company said, without saying how it plans to extricate itself.

"I have been deeply shocked and saddened by the situation unfolding in Ukraine and my heart goes out to everyone affected. It has caused us to fundamentally rethink bp's position with Rosneft," BP Chief Executive Bernard Looney said...

The rapid retreat represents a dramatic exit for BP, the biggest foreign investor in Russia, and puts the spotlight on other Western companies with operations in the country...

Rosneft blamed BP's decision on "unprecedented political pressure", Russian news agencies reported...

Looney and his predecessor as CEO Bob Dudley will both step down from the board of Rosneft, which BP acquired a shareholding in as part of its $12.5 billion TNK-BP stake sale in 2013...

[Article also mentions Shell and TotalEnergies]

See also: BP to divest stake in Russian state-oil company Rosneft, Financial Times (subscription only)

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