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Russia receives no official invitation to OPEC meeting in Algeria — minister

September 02, 13:37 UTC+3 VLADIVOSTOK
The International Energy Forum is slated to take place in Algeria on September 26-28
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VLADIVOSTOK, September 2. / TASS / Russia has not received an official invitation to the OPEC meeting in Algeria, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporter sat the Eastern Economic Forum on Friday.

"In principle, there may be a meeting in Algeria, which OPEC secretariat is preparing right now, but we have not received an official invitation, because there is some ground work underway on the possibility of the meeting," said Novak.

Earlier, Russia's permanent OPEC representative Vladimir Voronkov told Tass that Russian Energy Minister may hold talks with OPEC secretary general Mohammed Barkindo within the Algerian meeting.

The International Energy Forum is slated to take place in Algeria on September 26-28. Various sources have reported that countries that export oil may hold talks on a production freeze.

The initiators of the discussion are Venezuela, Ecuador and Kuwait. Ministers of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran have already confirmed their participation in private talks.

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