CIVIL STRIFE WORSENS U.S.S.R.'S PETROLEUM SITUATION

Renewed ethnic violence in Azerbaijan this month dealt another severe blow to the Soviet republic's onshore petroleum industry but initially had little effect on Azerbaijan's offshore oil and gas production. Again, as in the civil turmoil of late 1988, clashes between Azerbaijanis and Armenians in and around Azerbaijan's capital city of Baku disrupted work in the area's big petroleum equipment manufacturing industry, refineries, petrochemical plants, and onshore oil fields.

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