Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and Russian President Vladimir Putin have both expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the OPEC+ crude oil output deal.

Hellenic Shipping News quoted the Klemlin website where both world leaders reportedly spoke on phone two days ago, and discussed ways to address the global economic slump.

The call was reportedly initiated by King Salman and comes ahead of a key OPEC+ joint ministerial monitoring committee meeting on Sept. 17, which is expected again to focus on compliance. The JMMC is co-chaired by Saudi Arabia and Russia.

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“Both sides expressed satisfaction with the progress of the implementation of the OPEC+ agreement, which made it possible to stabilize the situation on the world energy markets in general,” the statement said.

Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed to further closely coordinate their work on production cuts, trade and investments. Saudi and Russian leaders have also discussed joint ways to overcome negative consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on the world economy and finances, the statement said.

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Earlier in the day, Russian energy minister Alexander Novak said that Russia’s adherence to production cuts in August was “close to 100%.”

By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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