Russia is not ready for high oil prices, Yury Shafranik, the head of the council of the Russian Union of Oil and Gas Producers, declared at a news conference today. According to him, the Russian economy has not gotten used to the prices above $25 to $28 per barrel. This is why it is necessary to prevent increases in oil prices to about $30 to $32 per barrel, he said admitting that if oil prices fell to $20 per barrel it would be worse.
Shafranik also stressed that OPEC had lost its influence on oil prices as the organization used to have in the 1970s and 1980s.
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