"If before foreigners were not allowed to participate in strategic field auctions, now the mechanism of access has substantially eased," Trutnev told reporters. "They will now have a chance to access strategic fields by applying for permission from a government commission."
Trutnev said such a mechanism was envisioned by amendments pending to the law On Subsoil Resources. He said he could not provide a timeline for the amendments.
Russia has already named 'strategic fields' in several areas. These can only be distributed to Russian majority-owned companies, and include 31 gas fields.