Oil price to close some projects, will return to fair level - Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Lower oil prices will close ineffective oil projects, decreasing output to support prices which will return to a "fair level", Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday.

In Vienna, talks between Saudi Arabia, fellow OPEC member Venezuela and non-members Russia and Mexico yielded no agreement on Tuesday on how to address a growing oil glut, ending without any plan to cut output. OPEC meets on Thursday.

Novak told reporters Russia would not postpone its Arctic projects. Western nations imposed sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, including restrictions on foreign firms cooperating with Russian companies to explore the Arctic for hydrocarbons.


(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Katya Golubkova, editing by Elizabeth Piper)