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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept 2 Russian Energy
Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday trends in the global oil
market and its overall situation should be discussed at a
meeting of oil ministers in Algeria later this month, but played
down the potential for talks on a possible oil output freeze.
"The topic of the freeze, this is a separate topic which
needs a separate discussion because the situation today is
somewhat different from what it was in February ... and in
April," Novak told reporters, noting that prices were now
"I think that we will discuss at the meeting, if the meeting
will take place, the situation in the whole in the (oil)
markets," he said.
OPEC members will meet on the sidelines of the International
Energy Forum (IEF), which groups producers and consumers, in
Algeria on Sept. 26-28.
OPEC will probably revive talks on freezing oil production
levels when it meets non-OPEC nations in Algeria, sources say.
A previous attempt to jointly cap oil production failed in
April when oil producers could not come to an agreement over a
number of issues, including Iran's plans to restore its output
to a pre-sanctions level.
"The oil price is volatile, the price is significantly
higher comparing to winter and in April. We have to look at what
will happen to oil markets now ... to carry out a high quality
assessment on how the balance of supply and demand will pan out
in the second half of the year," Novak said.
He said that force majeures should be take into account
while making an assessment of the oil market, including the
situation in Canada, Libya and Iraq.
Novak also said he may meet his counterparts from Iran and
Saudi Arabia at the forum, which is scheduled for the end of
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Richard Pullin)