Chechnya Courts Azerbaijan After Fallout With Russian Oil Giant

As the license for Russia’s state-own oil giant Rosneft to explore war-torn Chechnya’s hydrocarbon reserves is set to expire, Azerbaijan is invited to consider the contract as Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov seeks to increase his bargaining position vis-à-vis Moscow. On 4 April, Chechen officials announced that Rosneft’s license had expired and an invitation for exploration had been extended to Azerbaijan’s state oil company, SOCAR. Baku is doing its best to downplay the issue, hoping to avoid the politics behind developments…

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