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Rustam Temirgaliev, Crimea's first deputy prime minister

Russia’s Gazprom has proposed to develop Crimea’s oil and gas sector, an official of the Ukrainian region which has voted to join Russia confirmed.

“Of course, Gazprom was the first to approach us (with a proposal),” said Rustam Temirgaliev, Crimea’s first deputy prime minister comfirmed when asked if Crimea had received any proposals from Russian companies to develop its oil and gas industry.

A Gazprom spokesman declined to comment.

Last week, Temirgaliev said that the local authorities may sell the energy firm Chornomornaftohaz to a Russian company “such as Gazprom”.

The transaction could only occur after Crimea takes control the firm, which is now part of a Ukrainian state energy company.