Russia Still Favors Output Freeze Not Cut

Russia will produce 548 million tonnes (11 million barrels per day) of oil next year, a post-Soviet record, however Moscow still wants global producers to curb production amid weak prices, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.

Russia, the leading oil producer, expects the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to find common ground on capping oil production. OPEC is to hold its regular meeting in Vienna on Nov.30.

Before that, Novak will make several trips, including to Saudi Arabia this weekend and to Vienna next week.

He said he would take “some” proposals to a meeting with his Saudi counterpart and he believed an oil output freeze was still necessary.

He declined to provide any further details on the proposals.

Asked about the need for an oil output freeze, he said: “Yes, this is our main position, it has not changed.”

via Reuters

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