To Russia With Love: QIA Dedicates Billions to Rosneft Deal

December 15, 2016 by Loch Adamson

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The week, Qatar's SWF makes a major, multibillion-dollar investment in Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft despite US and European economic sanctions; Qatar also participates in a consortium of investors buying a major stake in the UK's national gas distribution network, and Singapore's Temasek seeks to boost innovation at Oxford University. Qatar Helps Close Russia’s Budget Gap by Investing in Rosneft In a move seen as a triumph of Russian political maneuvering – and no, not the revelation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Russian hackers may have swung the US presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor – Russia has struck a multibillion-dollar deal with the Qataris to privatize part of its state-owned oil-and-gas giant Rosneft. Discussions have been ongoing for many months, but the fine points of the deal, which came to light over the weekend, revealed that Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA),…

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