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Riyadh Asks Iraq for 20Mln Barrels of Crude After Attack on Saudi Aramco Facilities - Reports

© AP Photo / Cliff OwenAlleged remains of an Iranian-made UAV fired by Yemen into Saudi Arabia at a presentation by former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in 2017.
Alleged remains of an Iranian-made UAV fired by Yemen into Saudi Arabia at a presentation by former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in 2017. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Riyadh asked Iraq’s national oil marketing company for 20 million barrels of crude to supply the country's stocks after an attack on Saudi Aramco facilities, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday citing two sources familiar with the matter.

According to the newspaper, Saudi Aramco declined to comment, while Ali Nazar Shatar, the deputy head of crude sales at the Iraqi State Organisation for Marketing of Oil, said there was no contract between the organisation and the Saudi company.

Saturday's drone attack on the Saudi facilities wiped out more than half of the country's daily oil output. Yemen's Houthis Movement claimed responsibility for the strike, however, Saudi and American authorities accused Tehran of orchestrating the assault.

© AP Photo / AnonymousAramco refinery at Ras Tannura, Saudi Arabia in 1990
Riyadh Asks Iraq for 20Mln Barrels of Crude After Attack on Saudi Aramco Facilities - Reports - Sputnik International
Aramco refinery at Ras Tannura, Saudi Arabia in 1990

The Islamic republic refuted the allegations, stating that Riyadh knows nothing about the incident, and stressing that the kingdom failed to explain why the country's defence system cpuldn't intercept missiles and aircraft.

However, US President Donald Trump said that he had ordered to boost sanctions on Iran over its alleged role in the recent attacks on oil facilities. 

The attack triggered a considerable spike in oil prices across the globe.

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