Iran says Riyadh and Washington are ‘ridiculing’ OPEC as Saudi Arabia’s modest output pledge turns into massive jump. Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih. LONDON – Iran may be Russia’s ally in the Syrian conflict but when it comes to oil, Tehran’s arch-enemy Saudi Arabia takes precedence – if last week’s OPEC meeting in Vienna is anything to go by. Iran had been pushing hard for oil producers to hold output steady as US sanctions are expected to hit its exports, meaning Tehran had little to gain from OPEC production increases that lower oil prices and cut its revenue. But Saudi Arabia and Russia had other ideas. According to three sources close to OPEC and Russia, the world’s two biggest oil exporters agreed in May to work hand in glove to engineer a sizeable increase in oil output – albeit for different reasons. The events in Vienna were the […]