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Top oil consuming nations may find that one of their main tools to fight high global oil prices — the release of strategic stockpiles — will prove inadequate to soothe markets starved of Russian supply since its invasion of Ukraine.

The 31-member International Energy Agency (IEA), representing industrialized nations but not Russia, presided over the fourth coordinated oil release in its history on March 1 of over 60 million barrels of crude — its largest yet.

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