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Rosneft says discusses trading issues with Gunvor

MOSCOW, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Russia's top crude producerRosneft said on Tuesday its powerful chief executiveIgor Sechin met the co-owners of international oil trading houseGunvor to discuss "trading issues", amid reports of a riftbetween Sechin and Gunvor's co-owner Gennady Timchenko.

Rosneft said Sechin met Timchenko and Torbjorn Tornqvist atthe Russian company's head office.

"The three discussed current aspects in cooperation,including trading and logistics, and also exchanged views on thepresent state of the global markets," Rosneft said in astatement.

They also discussed possible cooperation in jointexploration and production projects "that would help expand thepotential for partnership between the two companies".

Geneva-based Gunvor, a privately-owned company co-founded byTornqvist and Timchenko, was left with no Russian crude at thelast major tender organised by Rosneft. Gunvor's failure to winthe tender was a surprise, as previously it had routinely wonRosneft tenders.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Jason Bush andKeiron Henderson)

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