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    Abkhazia Seeks Explanation From Russia's Rosneft on Stalled Oil Project

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    Abkhazia wishes to get an explanation from Russia's Rosneft energy company on why its oil production project in the partially recognized republic is being stalled, Prime Minister Artur Mikvabia told Sputnik.

    SUKHUMI (Sputnik) — According to the prime minister, Abkhazia believes in a need to "strictly follow signed agreements, particularly with Rosneft."

    "We are waiting for Rosneft itself to take action on starting to implement its project, but the deadlines are nearing and we don't like that much, and, of course, we would like to get some sort of explanation on this matter," Mikvabia said.

    While not yet considering working with oil companies from other countries, Abkhazia will consider this if Rosneft fails to take action, he said.

    "If Rosneft is not going to do anything, we will think about it. If there is production in Georgia in the Black Sea, in Sochi, in Romania, some production in Bulgaria — even the Turks are starting to produce — is it really reasonable for us to sit on our hands," Mikvabia stated.

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