PM: "Russia did not initiate OPEC+ deal exit"

PM: "Russia did not initiate OPEC+ deal exit"
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Russia proposed to extend the OPEC+ agreement for a year, it was other countries that initiated leaving the deal, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said opening a government meeting, APA reports citing TASS.

"We did not initiate the withdrawal from the agreement [OPEC+ deal]. On the contrary, we proposed to extend the agreement on the existing terms, at least until the end of the second quarter or for a year, so as not to complicate the situation that has developed with the spread of coronavirus," Mishustin stated.

Russia has sufficient reserves for the long term, despite low oil prices, the prime minister indicated.

"We have been living in conditions of rather low inflation for several years now, so we have a large margin of safety: the Bank of Russia's gold and currency assets exceeded $570 billion, the volume of liquid assets of the National Wealth Fund is estimated at more than 10 trillion rubles, and even at steadily low oil prices this will be enough for many years to compensate for the budget losses of these funds," Mishustin stressed.

Russia is working on additional import substitution measures in industries and agriculture, the prime minister said.

"Now we are working on additional measures to deepen import substitution in industries and agriculture, expanding opportunities for the export of non-oil and gas high-tech products," he stated.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin assured that Russia has all the tools necessary to maintain financial stability. "The president and the government have the situation in the Russian economy under control. We have all the tools to go through it calmly, without shocks. We have enough resources to maintain financial stability," Mishustin underscored.

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