The media learned of Putin’s decision to connect LUKOIL privatization of “Rosneft”

President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the opening Deposit to them. Filanovsky

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited LUKOIL to participate in the privatization of “Rosneft”, write “Vedomosti”. Other contenders for a stake in the company, according to the newspaper, — Sinopec, “KazMunaiGas”, “Surgutneftegas”

As “Vedomosti”, in the next few days should appear in the Directive on privatization of 19.5% of “Rosneft”, and, according to the official financial-economic bloc of the government, the applicants were already familiar to government.

The representative of the Secretariat first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov on Tuesday evening refused to comment on the timing of release of the guidelines, answering the question of RBC.

A person familiar with the negotiations on the privatization of Rosneft, told “Vedomosti” that currently forms a pool of companies loyal to the Kremlin and is ready to participate in privatization — in particular, Sinopec, Kazakhstan “KazMunaiGas”, “Surgutneftegas”. The interest of these companies to confirm a Federal official, noting that, most likely, they will buy the shares individually.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited LUKOIL to participate in the privatization of Rosneft, said a person familiar with the negotiations. According to him, the conversation took place on October 31 at the discovery of them. Filanovsky.

Before the conversation, the President of LUKOIL Vagit Alekperov assured that it will not participate in the privatization of “Rosneft”, but then Putin invited Alekperov to his car, said the source “Vedomosti”. According to him, about 20 minutes, the head of state and President of LUKOIL went from the factory “Astrakhan shipyard” to the regional Duma. About the reaction Alekperov source could not tell.

The fact that LUKOIL was invited to participate in the privatization of “Rosneft” said the Federal official. Another participant in the debate the government stated that LUKOIL, in principle, considered as a contender, but LUKOIL is now no interest.

Press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, declined to comment. No public proposals have been made, he said.

In “LUKOIL”, “KazMunayGas” and Sinopec, the Federal property management Agency and Ministry of economic development did not respond to a request “Vedomosti”. The representative of “Surgutneftegaz” have refused comments. The representative of “Rosneft” found the idea funny.

October 31, Alekperov said that LUKOIL will not participate in the privatization package of Rosneft. “No,” he told reporters, responding to a question.

The day before LUKOIL has informed that will place Eurobonds for $1 billion for the period up to 2026. The yield of the securities will amount to 4.75%.

A strategic investor who will buy 19.5% of Rosneft will not be able within three years to sell this package, reported “Interfax” in July, citing a Directive to state representatives to participate in the session state holding Rosneftegaz. This is done “to prevent his purchase of short-term investors.” RBC has a copy of this document.

In addition, the purchaser of the shares of “Rosneft” will have to enter into a joint agreement with the Federal property management Agency or “Rosneftegaz” which involves voting for candidates from the state to the Board of Directors of “Rosneft”. This will ensure that the owner of a controlling stake (“Rosneftegaz”), a majority of representatives in the Council, says “Interfax”.

In April two sources of RBC in the government was told about possible restrictions on buyers of 19.5% of “Rosneft”. According to them, discussed the idea, which investors could not oblige to enter into a shareholder agreement with BP, that she could not, for example, to consolidate a blocking stake in Rosneft.

Share in Rosneft of 19.75%, is owned by another international company — BP. Its head, Robert Dudley, has repeatedly said that BP will not increase the share in “Rosneft”. According to him, British companies are happy with the current stake.

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