“We proceed from the fact that there are still uncertainties associated with the spread of the omicron strain,” Novak quotes TASS.

According to him, "observation and analysis show that, despite the large increase in morbidity, the level of hospitalization is quite low and this does not affect the decline in oil demand."

Novak also noted that the OPEC + technical committee considered three options for the market situation in 2022: negative, optimistic and basic.

Earlier, the Deputy Prime Minister said that in 2022 Russia could increase the level of oil production to 540-550 million tons.