Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has signed an order granting unhindered and direct access to oil pipelines for independent producers, the government press service said on Thursday.
The new regulations will enter into force in a month.
The Energy Ministry has been instructed to decide on the documentation necessary for producers to receive indiscriminate access to oil transport services along Russia's main trunk lines.
Under the new regulations, posted on the government website, independent oil producers will have the option of signing annual contracts with no limits placed on volumes of oil to be transported.
MOSCOW, March 31 (RIA Novosti)