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Shell head tells Putin wants to expand Russia operations

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The chief executive of Anglo-Dutch energy giant Royal Dutch Shell Ben van Beurden met President Vladimir Putin at his private residence on Friday, telling the Russian strongman that the company wanted to expand its operations in Russia. 

Vladimir Putin (left) welcomes Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden to the president's Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, on April 18, 2014

The meeting between the Shell chief and Putin was the latest signal from the Kremlin that it is keen to keep ties with European big business despite the standoff between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

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