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Riyadh confirms commitment to 'OPEC Plus' deal with Russia

Members of the OPEC+ oil producers' group will meet Wednesday to discuss loosening taps, just days after Russia's invasion of Ukraine sent crude soaring past $100 a barrel
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending the annual shura council meeting, a top advisory body, in the capital Riyadh on 30 December (AFP/File photo)

Saudi Arabia confirmed its commitment to the OPEC+ agreement with Russia on Sunday, the Saudi Press Agency reported, as Moscow faces international criticism over its invasion of Ukraine.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made the comments during a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron that also covered the situation in Ukraine and its impact on the energy markets, said the agency.

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"In this regard, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince affirmed the Kingdom's keenness on the stability and balance of oil markets and the Kingdom's commitment to the OPEC Plus agreement," the agency added.

Members of OPEC+ - a group of 23 nations led by Saudi Arabia and including Russia - will meet Wednesday to discuss loosening the taps, just days after Russia's invasion of Ukraine sent crude soaring past $100 a barrel.

The 13 members of OPEC proper will be joined by their 10 allies in the OPEC+ group at the teleconference meeting.

While Saudi Arabia is seen as the kingpin of the original OPEC member states, Russia is the major player among the 10 other countries that make up OPEC+.

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