Vekselberg told the BBC he was surprised that BP tried to pursue a deal with Rosneft - not surprised that it sought a state-backed partner, but surprised that it decided 'to do something not according to our shareholders agreement'. And the courts seem to share this surprise, given that they've so far concurred with the AAR oligarchs that BP is in breach of said agreement. 'I was very upset,' he told the Beeb plaintively. 'I am still upset even now.' The fact that he's even talking about this in the media shows how bad relations have now got between BP and AAR.
But is he also trying to offer some hope of a resolution? Well, he does at least suggest the oligarchs have no 'ideological' objection to selling their stake; they're 'businessmen', so they're open to any 'interesting proposal' (because as we all know, there are few people in business more highly principled than Russian oligarchs). Since BP would obviously love nothing more than to buy them out and press ahead with the Rosneft deal, that does represent a slim ray of hope.
Only a slim one, though. Vekselberg points out that he doesn't exactly need the money, and will be 'double upset' to sell a company he's been building up for years. And even if BP's piles of cash can assuage his finer feelings, the problem will be that the two sides seem to be miles apart on valuation - AAR apparently thinks $70bn, where BP reckons it's more like $50bn. That's quite a big gap. And it's clear that there won't be a lot of goodwill for BP to utilise in its efforts to bridge that gap.