On the situation with reference to Reuters tells RBC. It is stated (with reference to those unnamed sources, “who wished to remain anonymous) that the transaction was allegedly financed by foreign companies only partially.
From the agency’s material: “The transaction was financed by VTB Bank, which issued QIA 6 billions in loans.”
VTB itself stated that the bank did not allocate any loans to the Qatari investment fund. But the “unnamed sources” of the Western news agency insist that the Russian bank itself took out a loan from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation in the amount of 350 billion rubles, and in subsequent reports indicated that it lent 6,7 billion to foreign borrowers for a three-year period. About who these borrowers are not reported.
Reuters stated that this was done in order to convince Qataris of the expediency of the transaction, which they initially refused to conduct.
From agency material:
Lending for the purchase of a stake in Rosneft was carried out contrary to the stated goal of attracting foreign money to Russia. The main part of financing is Russian capital.
RBC cites a statement by the head of the Rosneft press service, Mikhail Leontyev, on this issue:
The company is not responsible for negotiating its customers with banks on the terms of the loan transaction.
It seems that these materials were published in connection with the pressure of the West on those financial organizations that have decided to ignore sanctions, and to make deals with state-owned companies in Russia. QIA also needed an alibi - allegedly we were buying a stake in Rosneft, but Russia itself financed the purchase.
At the same time, the fact remains: the practice of informational strikes in Russia with references to “unnamed” and “newsmakers who wish to remain unknown” or pseudo-newsmakers by the West will be clearly preserved.