“It [sanctions regime] has had no effect on our oil producing activity which are offshore the Sakhalin Island,” Tillerson said, stressing that the company fully complies with the anti-Russian sanctions over its alleged involvement into eastern Ukraine crisis.
ExxonMobil Chairman added that the sanctions in the sector were limited to future developments in areas including the Arctic and deep water.
“Our investments offshore Sakhalin continue. We started our third venture development in Sakhalin [Arkutun-] Dagi field. Those activities continue normally,” he said.
Tillerson noted, however, that some of the projects with Russia have been put on hold until the relief of sanctions policy toward Russia.
The United States and a number of its allies imposed economic sanctions against Russia in March 2014 following Crimea’s vote to rejoin the Russian Federation. The sanctions have targeted Russian individuals as well as the country’s energy, banking and defense sectors.
Moscow has repeated denied accusations of meddling into eastern Ukraine’s conflict, and asked to provide evidence.