In the News: Russian Energy Executives Eye Alaska

A delegation from the Russian energy company Gazprom met with state officials in Anchorage to discuss possible investments in Alaskan energy projects. Senior officials of Gazprom told shareholders in June the company was seeking to participate in a consortium that is building a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to Canada. Other potential projects being considered by the consortium include the development of hydrocarbon fields throughout the state and environmental protection initiatives. Several close associates of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attended the meeting. Gazprom is a public company with close ties to the Russian government, and critics say the Kremlin coordinates its international business activities with Russia’s foreign policy agenda.

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