Varför utrikesministern Rex Tillerson avgår

Som AP rapporterade redan förra veckan:

Exxon Mobil will end a joint venture with Russia’s state-controlled Rosneft due to U.S. and European sanctions against Moscow.

Exxon revealed in a regulatory filing that it decided to end the partnership late last year after the U.S. expanded sanctions against Russia. The company plans to begin unwinding the joint venture this year.

The retreat will result in an after-tax loss of about $200 million — spare change in comparison to Exxon’s 2017 profit of $19.7 billion.
But ending the partnership with Rosneft appeared to dash Exxon’s hopes of drilling in the potentially oil-rich Russian Arctic, and it erases some of the legacy of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the one-time Exxon chairman and CEO.

Tillerson signed a deal with Rosneft, Russia’s biggest oil producer, in 2011 with hopes of drilling in the difficult terrain of Russia’s Arctic waters. The partnership would combine Exxon’s technological expertise with Rosneft’s access to the area.

Möjligtvis kopplat till dagens avgång för utrikesministern Tillerson? Många började spekulera om han skulle avgå efter den här nyheten släpptes i förra veckan och det visar sig nu att Tillerson mycket riktigt avgått kort efter det att Exxon inte längre går vidare med denna deal.