OPEC, Russia to Discuss New Oil-Inventory Measurements in April

OPEC, Russia to Discuss New Oil-Inventory Measurements in April

They also reviewed fruitful cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation in order to achieve stability of the oil global markets serving the growth of the global economy.

The United States could overtake Russian Federation to become the world's biggest oil producer by the end of this year thanks to an extraordinary growth in output, the International Energy Agency has said.

Al-Falih told reporters later at a joint news briefing with Novak that he wasn't surprised to learn of the Russian and Chinese interest in the Aramco share sale.

Russia-China investment fund shows interest: RDIF's Dmitriev.

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"We see significant interest to invest in the Aramco IPO from Russian Federation, from China, and we believe that this is very good for, once again, thinking jointly about oil".

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has pledged to set up a "significant" pool of investors for the potential $100 billion initial public offering (IPO) by Saudi Arabian state oil major Aramco, it said on Thursday.

An announcement is also expected later on Wednesday on a partnership between Aramco and an LNG project in Russia, Dmitriev said.

Novak said Russia's coordination with Saudi Arabia supports stability in oil prices and there are many joint projects with Saudi Arabia's national oil company Saudi Aramco.

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"As an energy minister of Saudi Arabia I can say that RDIF is an important bridge between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia", al-Falih said.

Cooperation between sovereign funds of both countries reinforces each other and creates "fertile soil for better relationship broadly between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation", al-Falih said.

Dmitriev also said a global deal between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and some non-OPEC producers to cut crude supply was stabilising the oil market.

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