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Time to build Russian-US bridges

Former Russian energy minister Igor Yusufov says the new US administration will be a boon for hydrocarbons cooperation

From Moscow's perspective, the Western media's ceaseless fretting about Donald Trump is silly. Igor Yusufov, tells Petroleum Economist, the new regime offers scope for improved international energy dialogue. Yusufov was Russia's energy minister between 2001 and 2004, when he was also chairman of state-owned Rosneft. Now he runs Moscow-based Fund Energy, with assets in Siberia, and is understandably bullish about what a sympathetic stance in the White House might do for his country's energy sector. Yusufov has also known the new Secretary of State—former ExxonMobil boss Rex Tillerson—for 15 years. And he's convinced he'll bring good things for Russian oil and gas. "A person of such professio

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