The oil company Tatneft is little concerned over the USA's projected military operation against Iraq. In the opinion of a Tatneft spokesman, the Kurds-dominated northern parts of the country where the company makes its business are unlikely to be subject to attack.
Under the UN oil-in-exchange-for-food programme, Tatneft is engaged in the development of 45 wells in Iraq. Besides, there is one more contract also approved by the United Nations which provides for extraction from 33 oil wells. The recently-held Tatneft board of directors decided to dispatch to Iraq about 20 experts to embark on this project.
"We shall participate in maintaining the level of oil extraction in Iraq on the level required for the performance of the UN programme, "Oil for food", Tatneft said. Besides, Tatneft supplies Iraq with automobile tires and excavators within the same programme.
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons