Russia’s energy minister: Next monitoring committee meeting of OPEC+ to be held in Oman

Baku, January 13, AZERTAC

“Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has said that the energy ministers will discuss the situation at a ministerial monitoring committee meeting in Oman, which is scheduled for January 21 next week,” according to Reuters agency.

Russia’s energy minister went on saying the ministers from leading OPEC and non-OPEC producers will discuss the possibility of a smooth exit from a global deal to cut oil output next week.

Asked whether ministers would discuss a possible exit from the deal, he said: “I don’t think anyone is going to stop us from discussing these issues, and we will be able to discuss them in terms of the mechanisms which can be considered.”

The head of one of Russia’s largest oil producers, Lukoil, said earlier on Friday Russian should start exiting the oil pact if crude prices remain at $70 per barrel for more than six months.

But Novak said not all surplus supply had been removed from the oil market.

“We see that the market is becoming balanced. We see that the market surplus is decreasing, but the market is not completely balanced yet,” he told reporters. “Of course, we need to continue monitoring the situation.”

Russia and Saudi Arabia are leading a joint OPEC and non-OPEC effort to limit production to prop up prices. Brent crude oil futures have risen by more than 50 percent since mid-2017, hitting $70 a barrel this week for the first time since December 2014.

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