Russia's Rosneft in talks to allow China into offshore Arctic projects - RIA

The logo of Russia's top crude producer Rosneft is seen on a price information board of a gasoline station, with the Ostankino television and radio tower seen in the background, in Moscow July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Rosneft ROSN.MM is in talks with Chinese companies to allow them to take part in its offshore Arctic projects, the RIA news agency quoted Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky as saying on Monday.

Rosneft has suspended drilling in Arctic Kara Sea in 2014 after U.S. ExxonMobil XOM.N withdrew from the project because of Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Maria Kiselyova