UPDATE 2-Russia to maintain OPEC relations, plans autumn meeting

viernes 3 de junio de 2016 09:20 GYT

* Russia not OPEC member but regularly holds consultations

* Russia's Novak thinks Saudi Arabia to stick to balanced policy

* Qatari minister sees market heading toward rebalancing (Releads with Russia comments, adds details, quotes, background)

By Vladimir Soldatkin and Olesya Astakhova

MOSCOW, June 3 (Reuters) - Russia, the world's top oil producer, plans to continue its consultations with OPEC and may hold a meeting with the group this autumn, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, of which Russia is not a member, failed to agree on output targets on Thursday, at its first meeting since April when Saudi Arabia refused to sign up to an oil output freeze without Iran - which is trying to recover market share after the lifting of sanctions - ruining a wider global agreement.

"We will continue our relations with OPEC ... We have an energy dialogue format which we will continue. We will for sure do a related meeting this year," Novak said, referring to consultations on the market situation between Moscow and OPEC.

Brent oil prices held at around $50 a barrel on Friday although OPEC did not agree on output targets, supported by Saudi Arabia's pledge not to flood the market with more fuel.

Novak said Saudi Arabia had the capacity to increase output but he thought that Riyadh would stick to a "balanced" oil production policy.   Continuación...