RUSSIAN OIL PRICES: $50 - $60
Russia's energy minister expects that cuts in global shale oil production, which has been hard hit by lower oil prices, will help stabilize the fragile oil market. Alexander Novak also reaffirmed that Russia, one of the world's top oil producers, would not cut its own production as it would lead only to a short-term recovery with risks of subsequent slumps in prices.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which accounts for around a third of global oil output, changed its policy in 2014 to defend market share and discourage competing supply sources, rather than cut its own output in the face of lower prices.
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