Russian Energy Min Meets Cheney, US Business Reps Wed May 1, 7:16 PM ET
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Russian Energy Minister Igor Yusufov met Wednesday with Vice President Dick Cheney and U.S. business representatives.
In a brief meeting Cheney and Yusufov discussed "strategic energy policies in both of their countries and supplying the world market with reliable energy," said vice presidential spokeswoman Jennifer Millerwise.
After that meeting, Yusufov met U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue and representatives of U.S. companies invested in Russia .
The energy minister didn't discuss Russian oil production levels at the second meeting, but he did talk about ways to increase direct Russian oil supplies to the U.S. , according to a source who attended the meeting.
U.S. industry representatives discussed concerns about the legal certainty for investments in oil and natural gas production and possible import tariff increases for drilling and pipeline equipment, the source said.
Yusufov was in Washington for one day before traveling to a G-8 energy ministers' meeting this week in Detroit . Russia is the world's largest oil exporter outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
-By Campion Walsh, Dow Jones Newswires; 202-862-9291; Campion.Walsh@dowjones.com
(This story was originally published by Dow Jones Newswires)
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