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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Oil Chief Cuts Short U.K. Visit

Rosneft's president on Wednesday abruptly cut short a visit to London for the Russian Economic Forum after undergoing a police check that he took as an insult to Russian business.

London police pulled aside Sergei Bogdanchikov upon his arrival Wednesday at London's Biggin Hill Airport and thoroughly checked his business and private documents, the state-owned Rosneft oil company said.

By law, the British police have the right to conduct such checks at airports.

"Also, copies of his business and personal papers were made without a warrant," Rosneft said in a statement. "After this, some pages went missing."

Bogdanchikov then boarded the private jet he had arrived on two hours earlier and returned to Moscow. He scheduled a news conference for Thursday.

It was unclear Wednesday evening what prompted the check.

A British Home Office spokeswoman said immigration cleared Bogdanchikov to enter the country as a business visitor when he arrived shortly after 9 a.m. "He subsequently decided on his own accord to leave for Russia," she said.

Airport police and New Scotland Yard refused to comment on the document check because no charges were filed and no one was arrested.

Biggin Hill Airport director Peter Lonergan said he was puzzled by the incident. "We have a lot of customers from Russia and all of them come [to Britain] trouble free," Lonergan said in a telephone interview.

The airport caters to top business executives and wealthy customers.

Lonergan said airport staff had tried to soothe Bogdanchikov. "While he was in the lounge, he was offered tea and coffee," he said. "We did the best we could."

Bogdanchikov was scheduled to attend the Russian Economic Forum on Thursday and Friday, Rosneft said. He was also to hold talks with BP and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. "Rosneft sees this incident as an open display of disrespect toward Russian business. [Such actions] seriously harm international economic relations," Rosneft said.