Government 'to do its best' to privatize Rosneft in 2016: Russian Economy Minister
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Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev attends a meeting of President Vladimir Putin with members of Russian Direct Investment Fund and foreign investors in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor - RTX2GN8P
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SHCHETINKA, Russia (Reuters) - Russia's government should do its best to privatize a stake in the nation's largest oil producer Rosneft
"Taking into account the attractiveness of this asset and keeping in mind that this would allow us to resolve to a large extent the problem of the budget deficit, I believe a sale of part of Rosneft will be a priority project now," Ulyukayev told journalists on a visit to the Kursk Region in central Russia.
"We should do our best to do it in 2016."
He also said that it was technically possible to privatize mid-sized oil company Bashneft
(Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya; writing by Dmitry Solovyov; editing by Polina Devitt)
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