June 23, 2018 / 2:30 PM / 10 months ago

Saudi energy minister says OPEC invites Russia to join as observer

Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih arrives for an OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

VIENNA (Reuters) - Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Saturday that OPEC had invited Russia to join the oil producer group as an observer.

“We have invited Russia to join as an observer ...

We believe they are considering it,” Falih told a news conference.

“I can assure that the entire membership of OPEC would welcome Russia,” he said.

Reporting by OPEC newsroom

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