Tatneft Operations in Syria
Tatneft became the first Russian oil company to begin geological exploration and production in Syria after winning a tender and concluding a production sharing agreements (PSA) with the Syrian government in 2003.
In January 2011 the company vowed to spend US $12.8 million drilling wells in Syria near the Iraqi border. 
Impact of 2011-12 Unrest
In December 2011 Tatneft suspended its work in Syria due to two powerful bomb blasts in Damascus.
- "Tatneft halts oil production in Syria after Damascus blasts" RIA Novosti, 23 December 2011.
- "Why Russia is backing Syria" Guardian, 2 December 2011.
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