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Saudi Arabia and Russia agree to extend deal to cut oil output

Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to extend the Opec and non-Opec oil output reduction deal for another 9 months.

Saudi Arabia and Russia agree to extend deal to cut oil output


Saudi Arabia and Russia jointly said on May 15, 2017, that they have agreed to extend the Opec and non-Opec oil output reduction deal for another 9 months till March 2018.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in a joint statement said that the 2 countries will recommend at the meeting of the agreement participants on May 25 to extend the agreement for another 9 months.

Oil prices jumped by almost 2% in less than an hour after the Saudi-Russia statement.

Brent crude was at $51.65 per barrel, up 81 cents.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was at $48.62 per barrel, up 78 cents.

«I think the decisions will be positive in Vienna. We bring together a complete consensus of the group,» the minister Novak said.

«Our nations agreed to extend the deal up to the end of March 2018 with the same volume of allocations, which was included in the agreement from December 10,» he said.

Russian oil companies share the position of the Russian Ministry of Energy to extend the agreement, said Novak.

Opec countries and countries outside the cartel participating in the deal on reducing oil production have reached a full consensus on extending the deal, Al-Falih said.

Russia and Saudi Arabia wil hold consultations with the parties to the deal before May 24, according to the joint statement of the 2 countries.

To read the full story in Russian.


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