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Russia's top energy official said he expected BP's (BP.L) chief executive Tony Hayward to resign soon and that Russian officials would be told the name of his successor at a meeting in Moscow later on Monday.
A London spokesman for the British oil company said: "Tony Hayward remains chief executive officer. No change to that position is under discussion."
"We know that Tony Hayward is leaving his position and he will introduce his successor," Igor Sechin told reporters ahead of a meeting with Hayward. Sechin, who is deputy prime minister and board chairman at Russia's biggest oil company, Rosneft (ROSN.MM), was responding to a question asking about the subject matter of the meeting.
BP spokeswoman Carolyn Copland in London said the report "is definitely not correct." Sheila Williams, also in London, said, "Tony Hayward remains chief executive."