YUKOS stockholders do not intend to let representatives of Sibneft have control over operating activities of YukosSibneft, according to Sergey Suverov, an analyst with the bank Zenith. He said that from the viewpoint of YukosSibneft's key owners this would be inexpedient.
The analyst believes it is possible that YUKOS stockholders may be offered a swap-scheme that envisages releasing Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev (YUKOS key stockholders) in exchange for Sibneft exercising control over YukosSibneft as Sibneft is more favored by authorities.
Suverov admitted that at present it was still impossible to predict a specific scenario for the merger between YUKOS and Sibneft as there had been no official announcements of YUKOS stockholders on why the merger had been suspended and for how long.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge