Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Igor Sechin, the CEO of oil giant Rosneft, on May 17, 2017.
Gazprom has long been the Kremlin's favored energy partner, holding a monopoly over Russia's piped natural gas exports. Gazprom's stranglehold on natural gas exports meant the Kremlin could use it as a tool in its relationships with former Soviet states, Europe and Turkey. But lower global natural gas prices, as...
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