Jamie Carr Columnist

The most surreal moment of the World Cup so far came during the opening match: a smirking Vladimir Putin watched his unfancied Russian unit stick five past the woefully ineffectual Saudis, under the beady eye of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was sitting one seat away from the Russian president. If I were a Saudi defender I wouldn’t hurry to respond to an invitation to visit the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh on my return. Indeed it might be worth it for the players to try extend their stay in one of the lesser known suburbs of Novosibirsk. The mind boggles as to what these two robust rulers might have been chatting about — Vlad telling MBS he’s a legend for the Ritz-Carlton shakedown, perhaps, or offering him a good deal on some lightly used Novichok. One topic that was definitely on the agenda amid the handshakes and cheesy grins was oil, ahead of the Opec meeting in Vienna, Austria, this week. The commodity price has been on a roll of late, driven by the collapse of production in ...

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