Russia threatens TNK-BP over Siberian Spills
20th April 2012
Minister orders lawsuit against TNK-BP over oil spills
* TNK-BP shares down 4.8 percent after comments
(Reuters) - Russia's Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Yuri Trutnev threatened on Thursday to claim damages from Anglo-Russian oil producer TNK-BP over spills in Siberia.
Trutnev, whose ministry has a track record of successfully stripping companies of their assets over ecological misdeeds, told a government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that he ordered an ecological watchdog to file suit against TNK-BP.
TNK-BP said on Wednesday "historical problems with the region's pollution are well-known", adding it was "open for cooperation."