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Russia, Saudi agree to extend OPEC production cut deal: Putin

The OPEC cartel and its oil-producer nation allies opted in December to trim daily crude output by 1.2 million barrels.

The oil harbor in Novorossiysk, the southern Russian seaport town in the Black Sea territory. Picture: AFP

MOSCOW – Russia and Saudi Arabia have agreed to extend a deal to keep oil production low owing to abundant world supplies, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.

"We will extend this deal, Russia and Saudi Arabia. For how long? We will think about that. For six or nine months. It is possible that it could be up to nine months," Putin told reporters after a G20 summit in Osaka.

The OPEC cartel and its oil-producer nation allies opted in December to trim daily crude output by 1.2 million barrels.

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, a cartel of 14 countries pumping one-third of the world's oil, is holding a high-stakes meeting in Vienna on Tuesday.

The meeting comes against a background of ample global crude supplies, according to both the cartel and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The Paris-based IEA watchdog has cut its forecast for 2019 oil demand-growth for a second straight month and has also trimmed its second-quarter forecast.

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