US accuses OPEC+ of aligning with Russia, Gulf states deny politics at play
Ministers from a group of oil exporting countries led by Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed on Wednesday to slash output by two million barrels a day, prompting pushback from the US and igniting fears that it could propel global inflation higher. The decision came despite heavy lobbying by Washington in Gulf capitals against the move. "It's clear that Opec+ is aligning with Russia with today's announcement," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said aboard Air Force One. "The president is disappointed by the shortsighted decision of Opec+," national security advisor Jake Sullivan and top economic advisor ... (full story)
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