By Vladimir Soldatkin and Tom Bergin
MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) - BP's
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BP said it failed to resolve a dispute with Russian partners in TNK-BP
With BP's production falling after it sold fields to pay for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the deal was intended as a signal the British company can still offer long-term growth.
A last-ditch effort to get the deal through had involved BP and Rosneft making a cash and stock offer to buy out the co-owners of BP's Russian venture TNK-BP, represented by the Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR) consortium. But there was no agreement.
BP had until 7 p.m. EDT on Monday to complete a $16 billion share swap with Rosneft as part of a deal that would have given the it an interest in an offshore Arctic exploration venture leases that could contain over 40 billion barrels of oil.
(Additional reporting by Douglas Busvine; Writing by Alexander Smith; Editing by Dan Lalor)