Kremlin says OPEC+ 'contacts' can be set up if needed amid oil collapse

Reuters , Tuesday 21 Apr 2020

Dmitry Peskov
FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a news conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in St. Petersburg, Russia May 24, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that contacts between leading global oil producers could be set up to discuss their output deal if needed after oil prices fell sharply due to overproduction and the global spread of the novel coronavirus.

U.S. oil futures traded in negative territory after sinking nearly $40 the previous session in their first ever dive below zero, as concern grew the sector will run out of storage for a glut caused by the coronavirus lockdown.

"There exist all the mechanisms to check up on our positions with our partners on this deal (between OPEC+ producers)," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a daily conference call with reporters, adding that "necessary and due" contacts could be organised if needed.

He also linked the collapse of oil futures to "speculative" trading, adding that the Russian government had all the reserves it needed to offset the low price of oil, its main export.

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