MOSCOW, August 15 (RAPSI) - Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has opened a probe against Sakhalin Energy, operator of the Sakhalin-II oil and gas project, after Rosneft was denied access to its pipeline system, the statement of the watchdog reads.

Sakhalin Energy is suspected of violating the federal competition law when it turned down Rosneft’s request to provide access to the Trans-Sakhalin pipeline.

Rosneft filed a complaint with the Federal Antimonopoly Service on April 14. The watchdog considered the complaint, and on July 10 Sakhalin Energy was ordered to comply with the antimonopoly legislation.

Sakhalin Energy argued that it did not have the technical capacity to provide Rosneft with access to the pipeline. However, the watchdog claims that no evidence was provided.