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Crimea eyes energy firm privatisation

Moscow - Crimea may sell Ukrainian energy firm Chornomornaftohaz to a Russian company “like Gazprom” once the regional authorities take control of it, Interfax news agency quoted a Crimean official as saying on Friday.

“After nationalisation of the company we would openly take a decision - if a large investor, like Gazprom or others emerges - to carry out (privatisation),” Rustam Temirgaliev, Crimea's first deputy prime minister, said.

The company logo of Russian natural gas producer Gazprom is seen on an advertisement installed on the roof of a building in St. Petersburg, November 14, 2013. Credit: Reuters

Earlier this week he said Crimea would take ownership of Ukrainian state companies on its territory, including the region's Black Sea natural gas fields, cementing the region's independence before a referendum on joining Russia on Sunday. - Reuters

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