Zubkov positive to India's plea on Sakhalin III

The visiting Russian Prime Minister, Victor Zubkov, is learnt to have given a "sympathetic and positive' response to India's plea for a major stake in the Sakhalin III and other major oil and gas projects in far-east Russia. India is a partner in Sakhalin I and gets oil supplies from there. At a 20-minute meeting between Mr. Zubkov and Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora on Wednesday, the latter also took up the Indian oil companies' interest in investing in the Russian oil and gas fields. Opportunities