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High-Stakes Oil Diplomacy Puts Future of OPEC+ Deal at Risk

  • The UAE last year floated the idea of leaving OPEC alliance
  • No sign of progress on Sunday, with UAE sticking to demands
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A high-stakes game of oil diplomacy pits Saudi Arabia against long-time ally Abu Dhabi. And the result of their fight will shape not just the price of oil for the next year, but the future of the global energy industry.

The United Arab Emirates on Friday blocked an OPEC+ deal that cartel leaders Russia and Saudi Arabia hashed out to increase output, demanding better terms for itself. After two days of bitter negotiations, and with the UAE the only holdout, ministers halted the discussions until Monday, leaving markets in limbo as oil continued its inflationary surge above $75 a barrel.