Putin says Iran should get pre-sanction oil market share

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference on the results of the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, September 5, 2016. © Sergey Guneev
It would be fair for Iran to have a chance to increase oil output to reach its pre-sanction market share, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a news conference at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China.

Putin added that it would also be better if crude was trading at a little higher price.

“The price for oil is unfair at the moment, we wish it were a little higher, but all-in-all, we are ok with it,” said the Russian president.

Earlier, President Putin expressed confidence an oil output freeze deal between OPEC members and the world's largest producers could involve a compromise over Iranian production levels.

“Iran is starting from a very low position, connected with the well known sanctions in relation to this country,” the president said, stressing that it would be unfair to leave it at that level.

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Russia and Saudi Arabia has asked for close cooperation between international oil producers to support the market. The two countries are currently negotiating capping output.