Russia's government-owned oil company Rosneft says US sanctions imposed on Russia will only hurt the US and other Western investors. Rosneft says that the US sanctions are 'illegitimate and groundless.'
Oil companies ExxonMobil and BP defy the United States by collaborating with Russia in the energy sector. ExxonMobil and BP have separately signed agreements with Rosneft, Russia's state-owned oil company.
Both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry hit positive notes in their messages. But Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei was critical of other elements.