Yukos has described the sale process as "a most extraordinary 18-month marathon" which the Kremlin had repeatedly tried to derail, and Orlen's chief executive Igor Chalupec agreed Friday that the road to acquiring Mazeikiu Nafta had not been easy.
"The negotiations were long and difficult," Chalupec
told reporters in Vilnius Friday.
"The first phase is behind us now but there is more to come.We have to show that we can work together."
Reports in the Lithuanian press on Wednesday said that Polish and Lithuanian workers had come to blows in the canteen at Mazeikiu's refinery. Chalupec
has dismissed the stories and said no Orlen workers were involved in the canteen brawl.
On Friday, Chalupec
would strive to "ensure secure, reliable supplies of crude to Mazeikiu
," and stressed that the company would work not only with Russia, but also with other suppliers.