RIGA - Latvia's hopes for U.S.-led mediation in its ongoing oil dispute with Russia were partially dashed last week after a mid-level U.S. delegation to the Baltic state stressed the importance of increasing Russian oil production and opening up a new export outlet in the North Sea. Though Kyle McSlarrow, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, visited both Russia and Latvia last week, the highlight of his trip was in Murmansk, where Russian officials acquainted him with the feasibility of building an oil export terminal in the northern city's nonfreezing port. The port and the p...
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