The West Texas Intermediate for January delivery decreased $0.36 to settle at $52.89 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for January delivery decreased $0.52 to close at $61.56 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange.
Moscow has shown willingness to cooperate with OPEC to cut oil production. Russia's oil giant Lukoil said it's ready to cut production if the upcoming meeting results in a deal to prop up prices, the company's CEO Vagit Alekperov told reporters, according to TASS news agency.
Yet he said such a reduction could be done "only gradually," due to the adverse weather conditions in Western Siberia. "The reduction should be smooth, just like last year," Alekperov was quoted as saying.
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