BP: UNCOMFORTABLE PLACE
On the day the U.S. barred its citizens from doing business with Igor Sechin, BP PLC's American chief executive was in an uncomfortable spot: sitting at a boardroom table with the Russian oil executive.
BP chief Bob Dudley is a director of OAO Rosneft, the state-controlled Russian oil firm where Mr. Sechin—a former government official and one of President Vladimir Putin's closest and most powerful allies— is president.
BP owns 19.75% of Rosneft, the result of a deal completed last year that the British company hoped would end a decade of tense business relationships in Russia.
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