Russian companies have been cautious about
entering Crimea, wary of a possible backlash from the West,
which has already imposed some sanctions, mostly visa bans, on
several Russians -including Rosneft's head Igor Sechin.
Rosneft, Russia's top oil producer, said its subsidiary,
RN-Aero, had signed contracts to supply fuel to Transaero, VIM-AVIA,
Atlas-Jet and Nordavia, but did not disclose volumes or
Before annexation, Crimea received the vast majority of its
fuel, such as gasoline and diesel, from Ukraine by rail and
truck shipments, which have now largely ground to a halt.
Shipping and trade sources say Russia has not yet been able to
compensate for the loss by shipping gasoline and diesel into
Crimea through the small oil port of Kerch on the east of the
Several international companies, such as McDonald’s <MCD.N>,
have closed their businesses in Crimea, while Deutsche Post
announced that it was no longer accepting letters bound for the
region as delivery to there was no longer guaranteed, after
Russia’s annexed the region in March.
Rosneft became Russia's top jet fuel supplier last year when it
acquired Anglo-Russian oil firm TNK-BP. The Kremlin-controlled
company supplied over 3.2 million tonnes of the fuel in 2013.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, editing by William Hardy)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.