By John Donovan
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden was straightforward in what he publicly stated at the 2014 AGM of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. He said that Shell puts the interests of its shareholders first, above any geopolitical considerations. That is his excuse for Shell’s dealings with evil regimes in Iran and Russia, irrespective of sanctions. You can tell all you need to know about Ben’s priorities from his failure to sign the document “SHELL BUSINESS PRINCIPLES” – it is still signed by his predecessor Peter Voser, who abandoned ship long ago.
Russian oil may be facing a bear market: The Guardian Sunday 27 July 2014
“Meanwhile, Shell has huge Russian investments and is the largest firm based in the Netherlands, the home of many victims of flight MH17.”
Putin Stays on Offense in Ukraine: Associated Press Sunday 27 July 2014
Putin facing multi-million pound legal action over alleged role: The Telegraph 26 July 2014