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Russian energy official: Tweets from US leaders roil international markets

Russian energy official: Tweets from US leaders roil international markets
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Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak on Tuesday said that social media posts from United States leaders have caused confusion in global markets.

“The emotional flashes, comments, tweets, which are coming from the U.S. leadership — they are bringing confusion to the market. And in principle, the market doesn’t understand how to act, what will happen in the future,” Novak said in an interview on Rossiya-24 television, according to Reuters.

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Novak didn't specify which posts he was referencing, but President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE has previously tweeted about oil prices and criticized Iran’s OPEC.

Last month, Trump wrote on Twitter that the "OPEC monopoly must get prices down now!"

"We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher and higher oil prices! We will remember. The OPEC monopoly must get prices down now!" he tweeted.

A few days after Trump sent that tweet, Novak said no immediate increase in oil output was necessary, according to Reuters.

Trump also tweeted about OPEC twice during the summer, calling for oil prices to be lowered in both of those tweets. In June, OPEC and Russia reached a deal to make modest increases in crude oil production.