(Adds Rosneft share price fall, changes dateline)
MOSCOW/LONDON, April 28 The United States added
Igor Sechin, the head of Russian state-controlled energy company
Rosneft, to its Ukraine-related sanctions list on
Sechin, who was included on the list posted on the U.S.
Treasury Department's website, is a powerful ally of Russian
President Vladimir Putin and is the most senior energy executive
to be targeted by U.S. sanctions so far.
The sanctions did not name Rosneft itself but shares in the
company fell after the announcement. At 1455 GMT, Rosneft's
shares were down 1.9 percent on the Moscow stock exchange,
compared with a 0.9 percent rise in the Micex index.
Shares in British oil major BP traded down 1.5
percent following the U.S. government's decision. BP holds a
19.75 percent stake in Rosneft.
Seven Russian officials and 17 companies were included in
the latest list of sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
Rosneft jumped to the top of the global production league
last year with its $55 billion acquisition of rival TNK-BP.
Full list of sanctions here: here
(Reporting by David Sheppard, editing by Mark Potter and Nigel