The U.K.’s Connection To Russian Money

By David Greene, NPR

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has retaliated after the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K. Critics say her response has been constrained by financial links between Russia and the U.K.

ANDREW FOXALL: BP, British Petroleum, owns almost a fifth of Rosneft, which is an oil company – Russian company that’s a loosely disguised arm of the Russian government.

KAKISSIS: Andrew Foxall directs the Russia and Eurasia Studies Center at the Henry Jackson Society, a London thinktank.

FOXALL: Only last year, for example, BP signed a new deal with Rosneft to bring Russian gas to European energy companies by the end of the decade. So there are well-established relations in the energy sector there. Beyond that, though, there’s not really much at all.

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