UPDATE 1-Russia says ready to meet OPEC, non-OPEC producers for consultations

sábado 3 de octubre de 2015 12:00 GYT

* Russia ready to meet OPEC, non-OPEC producers

* Venezuela has pushed for meeting with Russia

* Proposed taxes could lead to output cut - Novak (Adds details, background, quotes, wraps stories)

By Denis Pinchuk, Katya Golubkova and Gleb Stolyarov

SOCHI, Russia, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Russia, the world's top oil producer, is ready to meet with OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers to discuss the situation on the global oil markets if such a meeting was called, its energy minister said on Saturday.

A separate meeting between Russian and Saudi officials was being planned for the end of October, to discuss energy issues and some other projects, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters.

On Friday, Novak's colleague, Russian First Deputy Energy Minister Alexei Texler, had said he was not aware of such meetings and that Russia would stick to its plans not to cooperate with the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Russia refused to cooperate with OPEC last November in a move to defend its market share. Lack of storage and harsh weather conditions also limit Moscow's ability to cut its exports, officials say.

Cash-strapped OPEC-member Venezuela has for months been pushing for an emergency OPEC meeting with Russia to stem the tumble in prices. OPEC next plans to meet in December for a regular review in production quotas, unchanged since last year.   Continuación...