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Rosneft seeks Venezuela oil assets in Germany-sources

MOSCOW, April 1 (Reuters) - Russian oil major Rosneft ROSN.MM is seeking to buy stakes in four German refineries from Venezuela as part of a Kremlin drive to encourage its firms to own assets all over the world, industry sources told Reuters.

The deal could be discussed on the fringes of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s visit to Venezuela on Friday.

The sources said Rosneft had yet to fully convince Venezuelan state firm PDVSA to sell its 50 percent stake in Germany's Ruhr Oil venture with BP BP.L.

The bid comes as Rosneft, alongside other Russian firms, is preparing to pay Venezuela $600 million in bonuses and invest a further $10-$20 billion over the next few decades to help the country develop its giant Orinoco oil province.

“It would make sense to do it as a big, package deal,” one industry source told Reuters, referring to a growing number of energy and arms deals between Moscow and Caracas. (Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov, editing by Robin Paxton)

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