Gazprom officials last week suggested BP could play a role in potential British links to the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline running through the Baltic Sea to Germany.
BP, according to Russian news channel RT, had asked for a waiver to its agreement with its Russian joint venture TNK-BP stating that all business opportunities in Russia must be carried out through that partnership. TNK-BP didn't concede.
Konstantin Simonov, director of the National Energy Security Fund in Moscow, told RT it was the joint venture that scuppered the deal for Nord Stream.
"Gazprom is a Russian company and maybe this agreement prohibits BP to have any cooperation with another Russian company, even if we are speaking about overseas projects," he said.
The relationship between TNK-BP and the British energy company is stormy. Bob Dudley, now chief executive officer at BP, was run out of his Moscow offices in 2008 when he led TNK-BP, citing harassment from the Russian side.