Russian intelligence collects data on an attack on Saudi oil facilities

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergei Naryshkin, said the agency was collecting data on who could be behind the attack on Saudi oil facilities, but has not yet made any final conclusions.

“We are collecting this data, but we are not making final conclusions,” Naryshkin told reporters in response to a question if there is any information about who could be behind the attack on the Saudi Aramco factories.

The largest exporter and one of the three largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia, after the attack on its oil facilities on September 14, reduced production by more than half – by 5.7 million barrels per day from the usual mark of about 9.8 million.

The Saudi Minister of Energy announced on September 17 that, thanks to the use of reserves, oil supplies had already returned to their previous level, and that lost production has so far been restored by half.

Hussite Yemeni rebels, against whom the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, are fighting, said oil militants attacked their vehicles with unmanned aerial vehicles.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was no evidence of an attack from Yemen, and blamed Iran for it. The Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia also believes that Tehran is involved in the attacks. Iran denies the allegations.


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