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Russia Retaliates for Sanctions By Announcing Oil Output Cut

  • March oil production to be cut by 500,000 barrels a day
  • Crude jumps 2% in London amid risk of renewed market turmoil
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Russia Is Cutting Oil Output by 500,000 Barrels a Day
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Russia plans to cut its oil output by 500,000 barrels a day next month, following through on a threat to retaliate against western energy sanctions and sending oil prices sharply higher.

The move threatens to renew turmoil in the oil market, which had so far taken disruption to Russian supplies in stride. It further tightens supply constraints from OPEC+, which Saudi Arabia had already led into a 2 million barrel-a-day production cut last year in an effort to buoy prices. Delegates from the group signaled they won’t take any action to fill in the gap created by Russia.