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Putin

Oil & Gas

Kremlin offers oil giants $8bn as Russians Struggle

Vladimir Putin’s poll ratings are down after a tax hike squeezed cash-strapped consumers. But the Kremlin has opened the coffers to give as much as $8 billion this year to another key constituency: oil companies awash in record profits.

Insights

Russia, the US and the prospect of cooperation on gas supply

Few know the content of this month’s maiden powwow between US President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yet given Trump’s suggestion that the US is open for business in Europe regarding natural gas, it would be odd if the Russian leader hadn’t brought up the subject of his country’s standing as one of the region’s main suppliers.

Markets

No rescue for Russia from $50 oil as minister sees prices stuck

Russia’s economy minister warned that the nation is facing years of oil prices at about $50 as a sluggish global economy ushers in a long cycle of low commodities prices. The world’s largest energy exporter must continue financial support for non-commodities exports to buoy the nation’s shrinking economy, Alexei Ulyukayev told a conference Wednesday in Moscow. Measures to help growth by encouraging local food production are starting to pay off, according to First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov. “We have entered a period of low prices for commodities, a long commodities cycle that’s ongoing and that will continue for a number of years,” Ulyukayev said. “I don’t see any sharp slumps but, relatively speaking, the oil price will be $50, $50 plus for years.”