By John Solomon
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Independent voices from the TWT Communities
MOSCOW (AP) — BP PLC said yesterday it has agreed to sell its stake in a giant Siberian gas field project to state-controlled gas monopoly OAO Gazprom — a widely expected move that comes as the Kremlin tightens its hold on the world's biggest oil and gas industry.
"The very fact that they have agreed and Gazprom has paid something is much better, politically and commercially, than just taking the license," said Valery Nesterov, an analyst with the Troika Dialog investment bank.