The first oil has flown from a new project
in Azerbaijan ... as the United States and Russia compete for influence
over the region's energy wealth.
Moscow correspondent Linda Mottram reports
politicians flew in from around the world for the event ... amid intense
international interest in the strategic Caspian region.
The consortium brings together 12 energy
companies, including major British and American, as well as Russian interests
... in a region that promises to produce oil in quantitues second only
to the Gulf. Senior politicians from around the world were on hand to see