Pradhan cautions against return of oil price volatility as Saudi, Russia agree to extend output cut deal

India once again pitched for stability in the global oil market and sounded a note of caution against upsetting the fragile demand-supply balance as economies around the world move to get back on their feet.

Amid reports of OPEC lynchpin Saudi Arabia and the grouping’s ally Russia agreeing to extend the deepest-ever production cut deal till July, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan “congratulated” the grouping for the production cut deal to prop up prices after global benchmark Brent dived to $16/barrel and US crude sank into negative territory.

But, during his talks with OPEC secretary-general Mohammed Barkindo on Wednesday, Pradhan also “highlighted the need for producing and consuming countries to take responsible steps in the coming days to enable the revival of the fragile economic situation globally.”

Pradhan told Barkindo that the gradual economic recovery will revive oil demand growth so care should be taken not to upset the fragile balance between supply and demand achieved so far.

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