PM talks to Putin about Sakhalin permit

The Telegraaf website reports that prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende raised the issue of Shell’s permit to extract oil and gas from the Sakhalin fields with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday evening.

The Russian authorities withdrew Shell’s environmental licence at the beginning of this week. Shell owns 55% of the field and the rest is in Japanese hands. Balkenende’s spokesman told the paper all sides were actively seeking a solution.

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