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OPEC´s new Secretary General receives Ambassador of the Russian Federation

29 August 2016 , 10:37Neftegaz.RU819

OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo received on August 26, 2016, the Russian Federation’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations, Vladimir Voronkov, at the OPEC Secretariat.


Mr. Voronkov conveyed a message of congratulations on behalf of the Russian government to Mr. Barkindo for his new position as OPEC Secretary General. The russian Ambassador also presented him with a personal letter from Alexander Novak, Russia’s Minister of Energy, conveying his personal greetings and congratulations.

«We’re very satisfied with the cooperation between your and our experts», Mr. Voronkov said. He noted that Minister Novak was looking forward to the IEF Ministerial Meeting to be held in Algiers in September 2016.

The Secretary General praised the close relationship OPEC has with Russia, noting that Russia has been a strategic partner since the OPEC-Russia dialogue was instituted in 2005/2006. In fact, he said he was honoured to have led the first OPEC delegation to Moscow in 2006. This has since become a «win-win partnership» for both Russia and OPEC, Mr. Barkindo said. But the global industry as a whole benefits too.


Given current market conditions, which have not been favourable to producers or consumers, Mr. Barkindo said he looked forward to «regular dialogue and consultations» with the russian Minister Novak.
Such close collaboration between OPEC and Russia, as well as between OPEC Member Countries and other energy producers around the world, will be critical, the Secretary General noted, in order to successfully overcome existing challenges.

The two officials discussed other issues as well, including growing long-term oil demand, market stability, and the future of the oil industry – which the Secretary General described as very promising.


Separately, the russian Ambassador also noted that he would propose to the Minister that the next OPEC-Russia Dialogue take place in St Petersburg.


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