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Published: Friday March 14, 2014 MYT 8:36:05 PM
Updated: Friday March 14, 2014 MYT 8:37:04 PM

Rosneft says EU visa ban on Sechin would be stupid, harm West

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Any move by the European Union to impose a visa ban on Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin would be "stupid" and hurt the Russian state oil company's Western partners more that Rosneft itself, a company spokesman said on Friday.

"I hope this will all end being empty rhetoric," Rosneft spokesman Mikhail Leontyev said in response to a report in German newspaper Bild that Sechin could be among Russians targeted for sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine.

"This is stupid, petty and obvious sabotage of themselves most of all," he said by telephone. "I think this would primarily affect Rosneft's business partners in the West in an extraordinary way."

(Reporting by Olesya Astakhova; Writing by Steve Gutterman.diting by Timothy Heritage)

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