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Leaders of Russia and Saudi Arabia expected to talk ahead of contentious OPEC meeting

Patti Domm

As Saudi Arabia and Russia face off in the World Cup on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were expected to meet to discuss the fate of the 18-month-old oil production deal between OPEC and Russia. The two leaders meet ahead of next week's OPEC meeting, which promises to be contentious, with members disagreeing about how much production to return to the market and when. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are planning to meet Thursday ahead of next week's important OPEC meeting, where the fate of their production deal could be decided and so could the direction of oil prices.