The United States pretends that it is not concerned by the visit of the Saudi king to the “owner of the Middle East,” sanctions don’t work
The US state Department sees nothing unusual in the fact that the king of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdul Aziz al Saud paid a visit to Russia.
At a regular briefing the official representative of the American
foreign Minister Heather Nauert asked do USA,
that its allies – Saudi Arabia and Turkey “are removed from the
forming new alliances”, visiting Moscow in the first case, and Iran – in
second, reports “Interfax”.
Nauert called it diplomacy. “Last time I checked this moment, the foreign Ministers and leaders from other parts of the world were allowed to get on a plane and meet with other colleagues in other countries. It’s called diplomacy” – has ironically noticed it before. “We do it on a large scale, they’re doing it on a large scale. I don’t see US relations with some major countries has varied,” added Neuert.
However, experts believe that the Alliance between Moscow and Riyadh and their upcoming transactions can change not only the present situation on the world oil market and the geopolitical situation.
Saudi Arabia and Russia produce almost a quarter of all oil in the world. And if the Saudis will make direct investments in Russian assets, it will undoubtedly have an impact on the oil market. However, the cooperation of Riyadh with Moscow, there are limitations – sanctions from the West, primarily the United States against Russian oil and gas sector, which can become a serious challenge for the Saudi companies willing to invest in Russian projects.
However, according to the Agency Bloomberg, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin successfully fills the “vacuum of power” in the middle East and in fact has become his new “owner” – the head of the countries in the region are increasingly in contact with Moscow. And this is partly fault of the United States, whose politics makes many of their former partners to translate the look in the direction of Moscow.
Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and other countries support the relationship with Putin in the hope that it will solve their problem. And the visit of the king of Saudi Arabia also has a purpose – “to pacify” Iran is a close ally of Russia and a big problem for many countries of the Persian Gulf.
And although USA still occupy the dominant position in the middle East, but “their commitment to traditional alliances weaken, causing regional leaders are trying to insure and looking for replacement options”.
Edition of Newsweek , also believes that the upcoming deal between king Salman al Saud and Vladimir Putin leave US on the sidelines.
In the middle East, Russia is using the economy as a means of strengthening political relations and a way to replenish its emptying coffers, getting extra bonus – the weakening of the United States, the newspaper notes.
At first glance, all transactions between the two countries disproportionately beneficial for Moscow. However, these agreements are in perfect harmony with the setting of Saudi Arabia on economic development and modernization in the framework of “Vision 2030″, the article says. For example, the business activity of the Russians will help to provide new jobs for citizens of Saudi Arabia. Contracts for the supply of Russian arms contain conditions that will allow the Saudis to establish its defense industry.
Russia, in turn, receives capital and moving closer to the leadership of Saudi Arabia, continuing relations with its major rival – Iran.
As the article says, the investment agreement undermines the sanctions regime, inspired by the USA and the European Union, and the rapprochement of Russia with Saudi Arabia – a key U.S. partners in the region is a deliberate attempt to annoy Washington. “Economic contacts of Russia in the middle East is a more subtle game than open military intervention in Syria, but their consequences can also be costly to U.S. interests and complicate the achievement of political objectives of the US in the long term,” concludes Newsweek.