New US sanctions push Iran east and south

New US sanctions were today expected to be slapped on more than two dozen people and…

EU accused of appeasing Trump with May 12 nuclear waiver looming for Iran

The EU should be pushing the US to abide by the terms of the nuclear agreement…

S&P upgrade gives Putin pre-election boost, but central bank frets about oil

The Russian economy  received a welcome if qualified vote of confidence  last Friday when  S&P  Global…

German opposition to Nord Stream 2 grows while  Morawiecki warns of “war”

German energy consumers may end up picking up the cost of a €2.7bn gas pipeline extension…

Future of Chabahar and Farzad B high on agenda for Rouhani visit to India

Progress on the upgrade of the Iranian port of Chabahar and delays over the awarding of…

‘The dogs bark, but the caravan keeps going’ – Putin dismisses Kremlin list

  The US Ministry  of finance on Monday published its so-called ‘Kremlin list‘ of 210 Russian government…

Gazprom takes $22bn gamble on growth

In a bid to secure its export markets in Asia and Europe and to ensure its…

Total to forfeit investment if it pulls out of South Pars contract, Tehran warns

French energy giant Total will lose the $66m it has already  committed to the development of…

Ukraine hires Washington lobbyists to help block NS2 pipeline

Ukraine’s state-owned oil and natural gas company Naftogaz has hired a a firm of political consultants in…

Threat of more US sanctions prompts Russia to take OFZ treasury bond roadshow to China

Concerns over the possibility of the US administration introducing another round of sanctions has prompted  Russia…

IMF gives Iran short-term thumbs-up – but sanctions cast a longer shadow

The Iranian economy will grow by 3.5% this year and 3.8% in 2018 , according to…

Tightening of sanctions forces Sberbank to cut back European operations

Russia’s state-owned Sberbank has indicated that it intends to pull out of “several” European countries where…

Disagreements over new sanctions vote sure to play into Beijing’s hands

With the Kremlin reacting angrily to yesterday’s vote by the US House of Representatives to impose…

Nord Stream 2 drives wedge between US and Brussels over Russian sanctions

Concerns that new US sanctions on Russia could adversely effect European energy companies involved in Russia-related…

Qatar downgraded over Gulf dispute

Moody’s Investors Service today downgraded Qatar’s credit rating  from stable to negative amid fears that its…

Total close to finalising $1bn South Pars deal despite new sanctions threat

The French oil major Total is finalising plans to invest an initial $1bn in the development…

Wintershall ignores sanctions threat to strengthen ties with Gazprom in Iran

Germany’s biggest oil and gas company Wintershall – which is already helping co-finance Gazprom’s controversial Nord Stream…

US sanctions new blow to NordStream 2

Nord Stream 2: The future of Gazprom’s controversial plans to build a second natural gas pipeline…

US senators look to impose new sanctions on Russia and to tie Trump’s hands

US senators  yesterday reached an agreement on  the wording of new draft  legislation  that could result…

Qatar blockade puts 2022 World Cup under threat

The very real possibility of Qatar facing a long-term blockade of its sea and land routes…

Trump extends sanction relief as Iranians go to the polls

48 hours before today’s Iranian presidential elections US President Donald Trump announced an  extension to the…

Exxon’s Black Sea hopes dashed

The Trump administration has rejected Exxon Mobil’s  application for a waiver from sanctions imposed on Russia after…

Exxon in bid to resume Russian JV

Exxon Mobil has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from US sanctions on Russia in…

Brexit draws UK companies to Iran despite shadow of sanctions

With the prospect of Brexit limiting their ability to operated within  the EU, UK firms are…