Oil Ministry puts Gazprom, Dana Gas in legal crosshairs

Baghdad is expanding its campaign to invalidate Kurdistan's oil contracts, filing new cases against the Russian and Emirati companies.
A Gazprom security worker walks behind a fence at a drilling platform at the Badra oil field in Wasit province on Oct. 18, 2012. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Oil Ministry has added Russia's Gazprom and the UAE's Dana Gas to its list of legal targets in a campaign to invalidate the Kurdistan region's contracts with international oil companies.

In a hearing Monday at the Karkh Commercial Court in Baghdad, Judge Mohammed Ali Mahmoud Nadeem said the two companies had been sent summonses to appear as defendants in new cases filed by the ministry, though neither company has yet shown up in court.

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