Valdai Club to Discuss the Current Oil Wars
Valdai Discussion Club
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On March 27, at 10:00, the Valdai Discussion Club will host an online discussion, titled: “Oil Wars: A Zero-Sum Game.”

March has been marked by a series of shocks in the oil market. After the collapse of the OPEC+ deal, oil prices fell to historic lows. The main oil exporters faced serious challenges and entered into fierce competition for the market. This situation has created serious uncertainty, which has exacerbated problems for countries that are already struggling with strict US sanctions – Iran and Venezuela.

What strategies will be chosen by the key players – Russia, Saudi Arabia and the USA? Is it possible that US sanctions will be used against the Russian oil sector? What are the prospects for US companies engaged in the production of shale oil? What are the best strategies for Russia in the current environment? Participants of the expert discussion will answer these and other questions.


  • Pavel Sorokin, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation

  • Konstantin SimonovDirector General of the National Energy Security Fund, Prorector of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation;

  • Omar Al-Ubaydli, Director of Research at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International, and Energy Studies (Derasat) (via videolink); 

  • Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, director of Ifri's Centre for Energy (via videolink); 

  • Abbas Maleki, Associate Professor, Department of Energy Policy, Sharif University of Technology in Tehran (via videolink).


  • Ivan Timofeev, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club.

Working languages: Russian, English.

Attention media and participants: a live broadcast of the discussion will be available on all Valdai club online platforms: on our websiteFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

You can ask the speakers questions by submitting them, either before the start of the broadcast or during the event, via email to [email protected]  or via WhatsApp to + 7-926-930-77-63.

Please include your name and job title, as well as the name of the speaker to whom the question is addressed. Questions will be asked during the discussion’s Q&A session.