Bolivia's Morales to anticipate Rosneft investment despite sanctions

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Bolivia's President Evo Morales reads an official statement during a news conference in Sucre in this July 8, 2014 handout picture.  REUTERS/ABI/Bolivian Presidency/Handout via Reuters

Bolivia's President Evo Morales reads an official statement during a news conference in Sucre in this July 8, 2014 handout picture.

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BRASILIA (Reuters) - Bolivian President Evo Morales told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday he was anticipating investments on behalf of oil major NK Rosneft OAO (ROSN.MM), which was added to a U.S. sanctions list over the recent Ukraine crisis.

Morales, speaking at a meeting with Putin in Brasilia, Brazil's capital, said "we are awaiting Rosneft in order to make agreements, investments because the presence of Russia and its investment are indeed a strength for Bolivia."

Rosneft was added to the list of companies sanctioned by U.S. authorities, who blame Moscow for failing to scale down the crisis in Ukraine.

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Guillermo Parra-Bernal)

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