Crude-&to=http://english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/368/14250_Chavez.html' target=_blank>oil prices charged to a three-and-a-half month high above $66 a barrel Tuesday amid growing unease about the possibility of sanctions against Iran, OPEC's second-largest producer, because of its nuclear ambitions.
Rising violence in oil-rich Nigeria contributed to the runup of more than $2 a barrel, as did a reported refinery snag and a forecast from an international energy watchdog calling for reduced non-OPEC crude output in 2006.
February crude futures leaped $2.39 to settle at $66.31 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest close since Sept. 29, when oil finished at $66.79.
Futures prices for fuels refined from oil, such as gasoline and heating oil, also soared.
In London, March Brent crude on the ICE Futures exchange rose $1.72 to setle at $64.90 a barrel.
The United States announced its intention to send Special Operations Forces (SOF) soldiers to Ukraine. Formally, everything is presented as if it is necessary to protect the embassy. However, the reality is different. This opinion was expressed by a military observer, reserve colonel Mikhail Khodarenok.