Why USA is so angry with Saudi Arabia: “They are helping Putin, there will be consequences”
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Why USA is so angry with Saudi Arabia: “They are helping Putin, there will be consequences”

Last week, OPEC decided to cut global oil production: this will guarantee additional revenues for Russia and cause a new rise in fuel prices in the United States.

“There will be consequences”. The words spoken by Joe Biden in an interview with CNN and referring to Saudi Arabia, a country that in recent days decided to support the cut in global production within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) sound like a threat. of crude oil.

A move – this – destined to guarantee further revenues for Russia and to cause a new rise in fuel prices in the United States a few weeks before the mid-term elections. “There will be some consequences for what they have done with Russia,” the US president said. “I’m not going to go into what I have in mind. But there will be, there will be consequences,” he said.

What are the consequences of Biden? It is difficult to say exactly, but also the coordinator of strategic communications of the US National Security Council, John Kirby, explained that relations between Riyadh and Washington will be “reconsidered”.

The US considers stopping the sale of arms to the Saudis

Among the measures proposed by the Democratic Party in Congress are the reduction of security cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia, in particular with respect to the sale of arms, and the cancellation of the legal immunity guaranteed to OPEC members, which can thus be sued for violations of US competition laws.

OPEC’s decision to cut oil production despite White House objections was a major blow to Biden: not only did it undermine his attempt to cut Russian revenue by lowering the price of oil, but it will spike fuel prices. close to the midterm elections. The Saudi “slap” is even more painful because it came following a reconciliation trip to Jeddah by Biden in July, when he was photographed warmly shaking hands with Crown Prince Moḥammad bin Salmān.

Dick Durbin: “Saudi Arabia wants Russia to win the war in Ukraine”

The US leader’s bitterness was confirmed by Kirby: “The president is obviously disappointed by OPEC’s decision and wishes to work with Congress at a time when he is considering which direction the relationship with Saudi Arabia should take. The right time to do so is now, we will have to start these discussions right away. I don’t think, frankly, we need to wait any longer “.

Two days ago, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, harshly attacked Riyadh, calling for an immediate freeze “of all aspects of our cooperation with Saudi Arabia” and promising to use his power to block any future arms sales to the kingdom. Similar words came from another prominent senator like Dick Durbin, who yesterday on CNN microphones accused Saudi Arabia of “clearly wanting Russia to win the war in Ukraine. We have to be very honest about this: Putin and the Saudi Arabia are against the United States “.