December 13, 2017 / 12:47 PM / 2 years ago

Rosneft says EU sanctions aim to favor rivals

Workers stand next to a logo of Russia's Rosneft oil company at the central processing facility of the Rosneft-owned Priobskoye oil field outside the West Siberian city of Nefteyugansk, Russia, August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian energy group Rosneft told the Luxembourg-based European General Court on Wednesday that European Union sanctions on Russia aimed to undermine its position on global energy markets and favored its competitors.

State-controlled Rosneft is challenging the EU sanctions, imposed in 2014 and 2015 for Moscow’s role in Ukraine’s crisis.

The sanctions include restrictions on the supply of goods and services for use in the Arctic, deepwater and shale projects and in oil production in Russia.

Rosneft is challenging the sanctions in the European General Court and in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. In March, European Court of Justice, upheld the sanctions.

“Sanctions are a method of a competitive battle,” Rosneft said in court documents seen by Reuters.

Rosneft said in the documents that the sanctions aspired to “increase risks of business operations for Russia and make conditions to force Russian companies out of the Asia-Pacific region, where the level of energy consumption is constantly growing.”

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Edmund Blair and Jane Merriman

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