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Saudis, Russia favor extending oil cuts until end-March 2018

During a joint press conference, the energy ministers of Saudi Arabia and Russia have announced that extending the production cap is necessary to reach the set goal for reducing global inventories.

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Saudi Arabia and Russia said they favor prolonging oil-output cuts by global producers through the end of the first quarter of 2018, setting a firmer timeframe for a likely extension of the curbs into next year. Crude prices jumped.

Extending the curbs at already agreed-upon volumes is needed to reach the goal of reducing global inventories to the 5-year average, the energy ministers of the world's biggest oil producers said in a joint press conference in Beijing. They will present their position ahead of a meeting between OPEC and other nations that are part of the agreement later this month in Vienna.

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