July 2 Russia's Rosneft has submitted
details of a deal to buy an oil trading unit of Morgan Stanley
to a confidential U.S. committee that evaluates national
security risks, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a
source familiar with the matter. (on.wsj.com/1vy1eiN)
Morgan Stanley agreed to sell the majority of its global
physical oil trading operations to state-owned Rosneft in
December, before Russia launched an incursion into Ukraine's
A Morgan Stanley spokesman declined to comment.
The investment bank said in May it planned to proceed with
the sale despite the crisis in Ukraine.
Industry watchers have expressed doubts the deal will go
through due to Western sanctions on Russian officials, including
Rosneft's head Igor Sechin, over the Ukraine crisis.
The sanctions apply only to Sechin, not to Rosneft.
"We're strategically committed to that transaction ... and
we plan to close it," Morgan Stanley Chief Executive James
Gorman told reporters after its annual shareholder meeting on
May 13. He said then he would not speculate on whether
geopolitical conditions would deteriorate.
Rosneft also said in April that it aimed to complete the
deal in the second half of 2014.
(Reporting by Ramkumar Iyer in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti