On Wednesday, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that Russia would join a new round of talks on oil production freeze only if OPEC member states reach an agreement on the issue.
"All this is ongoing, communication has not ceased…[Energy] minister [Alexander Novak] said that OPEC should decide itself on the issue of freezing [oil output]. In the meanwhile, the contacts – bilateral, working – are not discontinuing. They remain on various areas of cooperation with all sides," Teksler told reporters, when asked whether the discussion of possible freezing of oil production is ongoing.
Oil prices have hovered at slightly above $40 a barrel in recent weeks. Brent crude has for the first time since December exceeded the $45 mark late on Wednesday, while WTI reached $43.66 per barrel.