January futures for WTI crude oil rose 4.62% to $ 72.70 per barrel.

Brent crude oil futures for February delivery climbed 4.04% to $ 76.03 a barrel.

Earlier, the director of the Energy Development Fund Sergei Pikin, in an interview with the PolitExpert publication, gave a forecast regarding oil prices amid the pandemic, including the identification of a new strain of the omicron coronavirus.