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    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Thursday that he was unaware of the possibility of Japanese investors' potential purchase of Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft's shares.

    NAGATO (Russia), (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Russian media reported that Japanese investors had been involved in discussions on buying a 19.5-percent share of Rosneft. However the deal had not taken place, because the Japanese partners expressed concerns over a recent detention of former Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev and his following resignation.

    "I do not know anything about it," Novak said, commenting on media reports.

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