Following the meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, OPEC announced that it had agreed to proceed with the current production reduction of 7.7 million barrels per day to 7.2 million barrels per day from January. This essentially increases their collective production by 500,000 barrels per day. Later, on 3 April, the Saudi foreign and energy ministers issued statements criticizing Putin and accusing Russia of not participating in the OPEC agreement.  “This is an unprecedented agreement because it is not just between Opec and Opec… but also the world`s largest supplier, the United States and other G20 countries that have agreed to support the agreement, both in terms of reducing production and using some of the surface supply, by storing it,” said Sandy Fielden, director of Oil Research for the Morningstar research company, the BBC. The talks were complicated by disagreements between Russia and Saudi Arabia, but on April 2, oil prices rose after President Trump said he expected the two countries to end their feud. “Through the grace of Allah, and then with wise leadership, continuous efforts and ongoing conversations since dawn on Friday, we now announce the conclusion of the historic agreement to reduce OPEC members` production by about 10 million barrels of oil per day from May 1, 2020,” Dr. al-Fadhel wrote in a tweet. On March 8, 2020, Saudi Arabia launched a price war with Russia, which facilitated a quarterly drop of 65% in the price of oil.  In the first weeks of March, U.S. oil prices fell by 34%, crude oil by 26% and Brent oil by 24%.   The price war was triggered by a breakdown in the dialogue between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia over planned oil production cuts in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic.
 Russia left the agreement, which led to the downfall of the OPEC alliance. Oil prices had already fallen by 30% since the beginning of the year due to a drop in demand.  The fight for awards is one of the main causes and impact of the global stock market crash that followed.  Under the agreement, members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, along with Russia and other countries, will increase production by 500,000 barrels per day in January and possibly a similar amount in the following months. The increase, less than 1% of the global oil market, comes at a time when demand is still under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. President Donald Trump and Kuwaiti Energy Minister Dr Khaled Ali Mohammed al-Fadhel tweeted the news, while Saudi Arabia`s Energy Ministry and Russian state news agency Tass confirmed the agreement separately on Sunday. The latest news about the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines, which have pushed oil prices to their highest level since their fall in April, may have made it more difficult to reach an agreement. In response to these higher prices, some oil producers saw less need to maintain supply and wanted to increase pumps to try to improve nearly a year with gloomy oil yields. The agreement marks a compromise after sharp differences earlier this week among a group of producers who for months have been relatively concerted and have agreed to sharply cut production in order to stabilize oil markets. The coronavirus pandemic weighed on global demand at the beginning of the year, pushed up prices and weighed on the finances of major producers such as Saudi Arabia and Russia. As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, plant production and transportation declined, which also led to a decline in aggregate oil demand and oil prices.
 February 15, 2020, the International Energy Agency forecast that demand growth would fall to its lowest level since 2011, with growth of 325,000 barrels per day over the full year, to 825,000 barrels per day and a decline in consumption of 435,000 barrels per day in the first quarter.  Although global demand for oil has declined, a decline in demand in Chinese markets, the most