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BP is denying a report from Russia that CEO Tony Hayward is resigning

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP is denying a report from Russia that CEO Tony Hayward is resigning.

A Russian state news agency (RIA Novosti) reported that a senior Russian Cabinet official said Hayward was expected to resign as chief executive.

It quoted a deputy prime minister, who was set to meet Hayward today, as saying that Hayward would introduce his successor. But a chorus of BP spokes people were quick in their denials. In London, Carolyn Copland said the report "is definitely not correct," while Sheila Williams said "Tony Hayward remains chief executive."

U.S.-based BP spokesman Mark Proegler said the Russian reports "are mistaken." Hayward was supposed to assure Russian officials today of BP's viability and discuss issues related to a joint venture.  One Moscow-based oil analyst says a resignation at this time makes no sense.

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