WRAPUP 2-In riposte to Riyadh, Russia says ready to ramp up oil output

miércoles 20 de abril de 2016 18:11 GYT

* Russia says could raise output to 12 mln-13 mln bpd

* Follows Saudi threat to increase oil production

* Venezuela says prices could crash again within weeks (Adds Venezuela oil minister comments)

By Olesya Astakhova, Denis Pinchuk and Dmitry Zhdannikov

MOSCOW, April 20 (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it was prepared to push oil production to historic highs, just days after a global deal to freeze output levels collapsed and Saudi Arabia threatened to flood markets with more crude.

Venezuela predicted prices could crash in the next few weeks if producers failed to resume dialogue and urged that non-OPEC participants be observers at a June OPEC meeting, as the spectre of oversupply loomed once more.

OPEC member Venezuela and top non-OPEC producer Russia had been the main proponents of the output freeze deal, in the making since February, until it collapsed on Sunday in Doha after Riyadh said it would not sign unless Iran took part.

The deal had been meant to help the market rebalance by removing a large chunk of oversupply and a stockpile glut.

But Saudi Arabia said it could jack up output instead - by as much as 2 million barrels a day to over 12 million, which would allow it to overtake Russia as the world's largest producer.   Continuación...