Riyadh and Moscow: nothing in common?

During the summer visit to Russia of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the parties signed several agreements, including an agreement that provides for the creation of a working group to develop joint energy projects. But Saudi Arabia and Russia are competing in the oil market, and their rivalry will have a negative impact on bilateral relations.




According to Salman Rafi, a Pakistani freelance journalist who writes for Asia Times on the topic of international relations, Saudi Arabia and Russia are unlikely to be able to create an alliance. It seemed that the June visit of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman to Russia, would change the policy of Saudi Arabia. At least some analysts were convinced of this, referring to the signing of Riyadh’s six agreements with Moscow, including a document on the peaceful use of nuclear technologies and the creation of a working group to develop joint energy projects. But the two countries are certainly far from creating an alliance, the analyst believes: after all, they are competing in the global oil market. And their rivalry is likely to continue to complicate bilateral relations.

The author considers that the question of how the parties will be able to reconcile the “mutually contradictory positions” becomes more and more important when you come to the question of analyzing the “Sunni bloc” headed by Saudi Arabia. In fact, despite the agreements signed, the visit of the crown prince was for Saudi Arabia only a way to put pressure on the United States: Riyadh thus insists on concluding a number of defense deals with the Americans. In addition, the Saudis wanted to push the Americans to "revise" the policy towards Iran.

It may seem that the Saudis have partially achieved their goal, especially in the field of military contracts, but they have lost something: their former position in the Middle East as the main ally of the United States. Far from being a "coincidence" in time, the analyst considers those events that unfolded after the prince's visit to Russia. As a basic example, he calls "drawing in" the White House of Turkey into the war against the "Islamic State", which is now allowed to "do whatever it pleases with the Kurds." And since then, Turkish participation in the Middle East conflict has "increased many times over." But Saudi Arabia, it seems, continues to “engage” in Iran, using any means that it has at its disposal.

If you take a closer look at the "union" of Saudi Arabia and Russia, it will become clear: these two countries have remained rivals. Allies of them did not work. Russia and Saudi Arabia continue to "fiercely" compete.

In May, the 2015 of the year oil production in Russia reached record levels - 10,78 million barrels per day. This is close to that of the Soviet Union 1987, and this is a lot compared to the May indicator of 2014 of the year, when Russian production was 10,08 million barrels per day. The acceleration of oil production by Russia will undoubtedly continue to put pressure on world markets. And in the near future Russia, it seems, is not going to slow down, the journalist believes.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia is the world's leading exporter of crude oil, and it is also increasing production rates.

According to OPEC statistics, only from February to May of this year, production of Saudi Arabia increased by 697.000 barrels per day and amounted to 10,3 million barrels per day (May 2015) against 9,69 million barrels per day a year earlier.

Competitors, not allies!

There are other examples of opposition.

For China, both Russia and Saudi Arabia look “attractive” as raw material suppliers. The Chinese take oil from both the first and second. And this is what happens: due to Russia's increased oil production, Saudi oil exports to China fell by almost 42% (June 2015). An additional factor affecting the drop in oil purchases from the Saudis was the signing of an agreement between Russia and China (in 2013, Rosneft signed a deal worth $ 85 billion with the Chinese company Sinopec to supply 100 million tons of oil during 10 years ; later, the same Rosneft signed an 25-year contract worth $ 270 billion with the Chinese state oil company CNPC for the supply of 365 million tons of oil). As a result, in June 2015, Russia overtook Saudi Arabia and became the largest supplier of crude oil to China. China imported record 3,92 million tons from its northern neighbor in May, 2015 (data from the General Administration of Customs in Beijing). This is equivalent to 927.000 barrels per day (20% increase over the previous month), the analyst notes.

Finally, there is also the Syrian question between Russia and the Saudis.

Based on the opinion of the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, the author claims that Saudi Arabia, playing on the side of its ally, the United States, participated in bringing down oil prices in order to create even more problems for the Russian economy. In fact, there is a real “oil war” between Saudi Arabia and Russia. The journalist sees its reason in the Syrian conflict.

For Russia, Syria is a very important ally: it provides Moscow with access to Latakia (a strategic seaport). Syria also serves as a gateway for Russian interests in the Middle East.

As a result, the Saudis and Russians are fighting not only for dominance in global oil markets, but also for political priorities in the Middle East. And despite the agreements signed during the visit of the crown prince to Russia, it is extremely unlikely that the parties will be able to overcome their differences. There are also ideological contradictions about Syria: Russia, thinking about rapprochement with the Saudis, “simplifies the situation, ignoring the deeply ideological character” of Riyadh’s struggle with Syria. Russia supports Assad from geostrategic necessity, and for Saudi Arabia, the main causes of the conflict with Assad are ideological differences and Saudi adherence to Wahhabism, emphasizing the "purity" of faith by destroying "rogue".

So, the Russians and the Saudis are unlikely to find a common basis for reaching a compromise solution. How will Saudi Arabia and Russia overcome competing positions in world politics to form a strong alliance? Yes, nothing.

But for the formation of a strong union, countries must have long-term common interests, the author notes. Otherwise, they will only be able to cooperate for the short term. For example, Saudi Arabia could get nuclear technologies from Russia. Saudi Arabia, in turn, could provide Russia with modern oil production technologies. That's all. Relations between Riyadh and Moscow have nothing more to do.

of the latter, News it’s known that we add from ourselves that the king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdel Aziz al-Saud, plans to pay a visit to Russia. “We sent an invitation to the Saudi side, we are waiting for proposals from Riyadh in order to combine the working schedules of the heads of state,” a source at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted Gazeta.ru. October or November are called the likely dates of the visit.

Obviously, in the late autumn, the short-term interests of Russia and Saudi Arabia, about which the independent analyst Salman Rafi writes, can either become more concrete or remain “agreements” that have no prospects.

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
- especially for topwar.ru
Ctrl Enter

Noticed a mistake Highlight text and press. Ctrl + Enter

53 comments
Information
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must to register.

I have an account? Sign in

  1. Zoldat_A 7 September 2015 06: 15 New
    • 11
    • 0
    +11
    If you take a closer look at the "union" of Saudi Arabia and Russia, it will become clear: these two countries have remained rivals. Allies of them did not work. Russia and Saudi Arabia continue to "fiercely" compete.
    About two years ago I read historical science fiction on the topic of how our leadership supposedly changed in 1980, a young, brave and energetic general secretary came and the USSR launched a terrible non-nuclear missile attack on the Saudis. They, of course, have all oil production at zero, of course, we have Urengoy, Tyumen and so on. And oil money began to be invested in the modernization of production in the army, and not in top management bonuses and US securities. In general, the story went the other way. Yes, there America also spoke a little about aggression, but it’s okay to scuffle over the Saud from the USSR ...

    It, of course, is fantastic, and from the category it is too fantastic. But, on the other hand, is America hot or cold because we “condemn” it and Lavrov says something is “unacceptable” there? And why shouldn’t we score in the same way? Yes, to bring democracy to any single Saudi SSR? laughing

    Just kidding, of course. But in every joke there is a fraction of a joke, they say ...
    1. Andrey Yuryevich 7 September 2015 06: 22 New
      • 7
      • 0
      +7
      Quote: Zoldat_A
      fiction, and from the category it’s too fantastic

      if you move further towards fiction: create a hub that has no equal! the Saudis and Russia! on an equal footing! pulling Iran there and scumbling mattresses from the Middle East will also radically change history. wink
      1. evil partisan 7 September 2015 09: 21 New
        • 1
        • 0
        +1
        Quote: Andrew Y.
        if you move further towards fiction: create a hub that has no equal! the Saudis and Russia! on an equal footing! pulling Iran there and scumbling mattresses from the Middle East will also radically change history.

        Quote: atalef
        invented it myself (+)

        He himself led. wink
      2. marlin1203 7 September 2015 10: 15 New
        • 0
        • 0
        0
        No one has canceled the competition and limited global demand for oil. Utopian things are declared - so that all capitalist oil producers amicably join hands and reduce production in order to maintain the cost of a barrel. It’s unrealistic, anyway, someone will start to “rattle”, because “his shirt is closer to his body”.
      3. OlegLex 7 September 2015 15: 02 New
        • 0
        • 0
        0
        This is possible only in one case - the third world. And we need to dig a hole for ourselves.
        the balance of interests and forces is the only way to tame America, withstand and prevent war for at least another fifteen years, and they will eat themselves.
    2. atalef 7 September 2015 06: 53 New
      • -1
      • 0
      -1
      Quote: Zoldat_A
      About two years ago I read historical science fiction on the topic of how our leadership supposedly changed in 1980, a young, brave and energetic general secretary came and the USSR launched a terrible non-nuclear missile attack on the Saudis. They, of course, have all oil production at zero, of course, we have Urengoy, Tyumen and so on. And oil money began to be invested in the modernization of production in the army, and not in top management bonuses and US securities. In general, the story went the other way. Yes, there America also spoke a little about aggression, but it’s okay to scuffle over the Saud from the USSR ...

      figured it out myself laughing (+)
      1. mishastich 7 September 2015 10: 32 New
        • 2
        • 0
        +2
        This is a book by Maxim Kalashnikov - "Blizzard in the desert."
      2. Zoldat_A 7 September 2015 12: 08 New
        • 1
        • 0
        +1
        Quote: atalef
        figured it out myself

        Knowing yours, dear atalef, a tendency towards the O.V.O.S.r.s.ach, I will answer briefly and without subsequent that - I didn’t come up with it myself, downloaded fb2, read it, deleted it. In my opinion, it was something like the “Altar of Victory” by M. Kalashnikov. There’s something like Tom Clancy’s Red Storm Rising. There is a direct war between NATO and the USSR. But, given the author, guess from three times who won ... laughing
      3. garrikz 8 September 2015 18: 13 New
        • 0
        • 0
        0
        There really is such a book.
        Even a whole series of books. The author is Maxim Kalashnikov.
        I advise you to read.
    3. Jack-b 7 September 2015 08: 09 New
      • 5
      • 0
      +5
      Quote: Zoldat_A
      Yes, to bring democracy to any single Saudi SSR?

      After all, they tried to direct it in Afghanistan. Nothing good happened. It will be even worse.
      1. GELEZNII_KAPUT 7 September 2015 08: 40 New
        • 4
        • 0
        +4
        Quote: Jack-B
        After all, they tried to direct it in Afghanistan. Nothing good happened. It will be even worse.

        I understand that he offers the same order as the USA and Co. brought in Libya, so there are overhead expenses for children, compared to Afghanistan, where the USSR has schools, hospitals, etc. built ... there are different orders you understand! hi
        1. Jack-b 7 September 2015 11: 26 New
          • 0
          • 0
          0
          Amers have invoices too sickly. They swelled so many expensive weapons there. And the efficiency is less than ours in Afghanistan. And this despite the fact that the Russian Federation did not oppose them in Libya and Iraq. And what would happen if ours at least minimally supported Gaddafi and Hussein? And even so, our “partners” have wild problems. So, in Saudi Arabia, neither the Afghan, nor Libyan, nor Iraqi scripts are of interest to us.
      2. user 7 September 2015 08: 46 New
        • 5
        • 0
        +5
        After all, they tried to direct it in Afghanistan. Nothing good happened.


        Our problem in Afghanistan was of a different kind, there was an attempt to build a socialist European state there, and this is the East (moreover, of the most radical nature), and they built the state for their money without demanding anything in return for promises to follow in the wake of socialism. Now this is ridiculous, but then they believed what would happen.
        1. Jack-b 7 September 2015 11: 29 New
          • 2
          • 0
          +2
          If the Americans did not supply the Taliban, it would have worked out. So our problem was not in a socialist European state. In the same Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan more or less succeeded. Of course, far from ideal, but you can not compare with Afghan.
          1. Zoldat_A 7 September 2015 12: 46 New
            • 2
            • 0
            +2
            Quote: Jack-B
            In the same Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan more or less succeeded. Of course, far from ideal, but you can not compare with Afghan.

            Not for long, if America is now again interested in them. The Kirghiz over there, felt the whole height of the depths of American advice. So America switched to Tajikistan, but in Kyrgyzstan - wait, sir ...

            And Afghanistan ... Like in the TOM film - "we in Afghanistan are one thing, and the Americans are something completely different." For fun, read and listen to what they say NOW about us and about Americans. ISIS is not the first, we remember where the "spirits" came from and who fed them and armed them. America raised a problem for itself ... Then, heroically, let's solve it, and then - everything is as usual with America, everything somehow went wrong, somehow not through the place through which it is necessary ...
        2. strannik1985 7 September 2015 11: 59 New
          • 2
          • 0
          +2
          A bit wrong, it was necessary to move on, or to Iran (at the end of the 70s, the local Communist Party was strong in the cities of Iran, the USSR could send troops without the permission of the Iranian authorities (RSFSR-Iran treaty of 1921) in 1978-1980 absolutely (taking into account collapse of legitimate authority) is legal), or later to work with the Pashtun tribes in the Tribal Zone (in exchange for independence, cut off the supply of weapons to the Mujahideen across the border) and directly in Pakistan (possibly together with India).
        3. guard 7 September 2015 17: 13 New
          • 0
          • 0
          0
          user (1) SU Today, 08:46 ↑
          After all, they tried to direct it in Afghanistan. Nothing good happened.

          Our problem in Afghanistan was of a different kind, there was an attempt to build a socialist European state there,


          The European word is superfluous, nor who was not going to make Europeans out of Afghans!
    4. Max otto 7 September 2015 09: 37 New
      • 0
      • 0
      0
      Quote: Zoldat_A
      ... It, of course, is fantastic, and from the category it is too fantastic. But, on the other hand, is America hot or cold because we “condemn” it and Lavrov says something is “unacceptable” there? And why shouldn’t we score in the same way? Yes, to bring democracy to any single Saudi SSR? laughing

      Just kidding, of course. But in every joke there is a fraction of a joke, they say ...

      It is certainly good, but we would have already put things in order at home, to begin with, so that already we didn’t care what was going on in these emirates and that America.
    5. The comment was deleted.
    6. siberalt 7 September 2015 15: 31 New
      • 1
      • 0
      +1
      E. Satanovsky generally believes that the main organizers and sponsors of all the “brothers” and IS are the Saudis and Qatar. With the support of the States, of course. It’s hard not to agree.
  2. tracker 7 September 2015 06: 19 New
    • 5
    • 0
    +5
    All methods are good, but if the IS militants suddenly start to operate in the territory of the SA, then Riyadh will be more accommodating with Russia
    1. ImPerts 7 September 2015 06: 28 New
      • 4
      • 0
      +4
      Quote: Pathfinder
      suddenly wield on the territory of CA

      Vague doubts torment me that Shpak's tape recorder ...
      No, no ...
      Vague doubts torment me that IS is controlled by the Saudis.
      1. Hello 7 September 2015 08: 21 New
        • 3
        • 0
        +3
        Rather, it’s probably financed by them that they managed at the initial stage together with Qatar and Turkey, but now these bearded hares themselves with a mustache.
        1. ImPerts 7 September 2015 08: 43 New
          • 0
          • 0
          0
          I hold conservative views. Therefore, I believe that whoever dines with the girl dances her ...
          1. Hello 7 September 2015 08: 54 New
            • 4
            • 0
            +4
            Quote: ImPerts
            I hold conservative views. Therefore, I believe that whoever dines with the girl dances her ...

            Perhaps it was, but now this "girl" drank blood and earned money and puts it on everyone with the device. In addition, the IG is very popular in many Islamic countries, they have to reckon with this, over there in the same Saudi people love them
            1. Slobber 7 September 2015 10: 00 New
              • 1
              • 0
              +1
              IG is very popular in many Islamic countries.

              Maghrib is surprisingly quite calm. But European muslims are just blowing up the Internet in the hope that tomorrow they will wake up and there will be a caliphate. I confirm.
              and puts on everyone with the appliance

              As long as they have oil and the main thing is to sell it to someone, at the same time dropping prices, they can put the device at least on their alaha. In the opposite case, America may well crave even a vigorous loaf. But this is theoretical.
              1. Hello 7 September 2015 10: 09 New
                • 1
                • 0
                +1
                Europe itself is to blame for launching a crowd of people with a completely different mentality to pass out passports and not to do a damn thing to assimilate them.
                As for oil, in my opinion, not so much is the main source of income for donations from caring people, but there are a lot of them, unfortunately, for them all these bloody massacres and the destruction of shrines, so to speak, advertise goods
                1. Vladimir 1964 7 September 2015 11: 11 New
                  • 0
                  • 0
                  0
                  Ilya, minus, I don’t set you, for me this is not the goal. But your comment has led me to some "amazement"; what is he talking about?
                  1. Hello 7 September 2015 11: 15 New
                    • 1
                    • 0
                    +1
                    Quote: Vladimir 1964
                    Ilya, minus, I don’t set you, for me this is not the goal. But your comment has led me to some "amazement"; what is he talking about?

                    Sometimes my Russian is far from ideal, but explain that you were amazed, I will try to explain my idea wink
                    1. Vladimir 1964 7 September 2015 11: 42 New
                      • 0
                      • 0
                      0
                      Ilya, absolutely did not set out to offend you.
                      I explain the essence of my statements:
                      1. [quote] Europe itself is to blame for launching a crowd of people with a completely different mentality to distribute passports and not to do a damn thing to assimilate them. [/ quote] [/ quote]
                      The article did not address the problem of migration; naturally, I drew attention to this.
                      2.
                      [quote] the main source of income of donations from caring people, and there are many, unfortunately, for them all these bloody massacres and the destruction of shrines, as it were, advertise the goods with their faces [/ quote] [/ quote]
                      And this, Ilya, did not understand at all, and therefore my above comment arose.
                      1. Hello 7 September 2015 12: 35 New
                        • 2
                        • 0
                        +2
                        I was not offended wink
                        1. I answered the slop, it was there that European Muslims surfaced
                        2. I had in mind a way to earn IS for a living, besides oil, slaves also help those who care. And cutting off the heads and destroying everything that is not Muslim (and Muslim, too) is a way of intimidating some and attracting others. Advertising and reporting to investors at the same time
                      2. Vladimir 1964 7 September 2015 12: 39 New
                        • 1
                        • 0
                        +1
                        Ilya, I agree with you.
          2. Asadullah 7 September 2015 14: 21 New
            • 1
            • 0
            +1
            out in the same saudi people love them


            Well, right, Abd al-Aziz chopped off the Wahhabis, and Fahd and Abdullah made Salafi the law. So why not adore.
  3. Nyrobsky 7 September 2015 12: 10 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    Quote: Pathfinder
    All methods are good, but if the IS militants suddenly start to operate in the territory of the SA, then Riyadh will be more accommodating with Russia

    Why is it that ISIS will act against the breadwinners? As long as the Saudis trade for petrodollars, the Americans will not allow their "upbringers" to nightmare the SA.
    But as soon as the CA accepts the idea of ​​the possibility of selling oil for gold or some other national currency, then of course yes, explosions will begin in their mosques.
  • parusnik 7 September 2015 06: 32 New
    • 2
    • 0
    +2
    The United States is “closer” to the Saudis on many issues than Russia ... There are common points of contact between our countries, but alas, there are few of them ..
  • strelets 7 September 2015 06: 36 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    Everyone can make an enemy of a friend. And you try the other way around. Fortunately, Putin is able to find extraordinary solutions.
  • Shiva83483 7 September 2015 06: 37 New
    • -1
    • 0
    -1
    Quote: parusnik
    The United States is “closer” to the Saudis on many issues than Russia ... There are common points of contact between our countries, but alas, there are few of them ..

    Still, the machine for printing "Baku", which is acquired by the Saudis, has not been canceled ....
  • The comment was deleted.
  • sagitch 7 September 2015 06: 47 New
    • 1
    • 0
    +1
    And our enemies set up work on the extraction and purchase of oil from ISIS, at bargain prices, bringing down world prices.
    To whom is anarchy - and to whom is mother dear!
  • VP
    VP 7 September 2015 07: 04 New
    • 1
    • 0
    +1
    I have a suspicion that in the Foreign Ministry it is BV that there are plenty of strong specialists, and they themselves could tell a lot of things to this Pakistani freelancer, in addition to what he does not know.
  • VadimSt 7 September 2015 07: 32 New
    • 1
    • 0
    +1
    At one time, the USSR was friends with many and helped many, especially in the Middle East. But after only a couple of decades, even the Christian Slavs did not just forget this, but practically became a pose of enemies. So what can be an alliance with those who consider it quite legitimate to deceive the unfaithful.
  • Mountain shooter 7 September 2015 07: 43 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    The Sauddites are in a hopeless situation, they played a "price war" with shale oil mattresses, and "reaped the storm." Now, when objective reality requires reducing production in order to avoid overstocking, they are trying to negotiate with the largest (comparable to themselves) exporter for a joint reduction in production. They do not want to lose market share. But here, as agreed. Nobody trusts anyone in this market.
    1. Oper6300 7 September 2015 08: 44 New
      • 5
      • 0
      +5
      To agree with the party - the main sponsor of the two Chechen wars, with a country in which the death penalty is officially applicable for the transition to Christianity? According to their faith, throwing a non-believer is a good deed and a way to paradise, to guria and boys. "Agreements" with Russia for them is just a way to put pressure on the United States. America is very hostile and alien to Russia, but Saudi Arabia is many times worse and more hostile.
      I wish the Russian government to finally rub its eyes.
      1. Vladimir 1964 7 September 2015 11: 18 New
        • 1
        • 0
        +1
        But with you, Aftandil, let me disagree on something.
        There is such a thing, katahreza, it’s easier - combining incompatible. So history knows many such examples.
        1. Oper6300 7 September 2015 13: 06 New
          • 0
          • 0
          0
          Vladimir, you did not give examples, but I would venture to suggest that in cases of "incompatible incompatibility" we are talking about external and non-essential incompatibilities. In our case, Russia and Saudi Arabia are similar only as oil producing countries. In everything else (of any importance) - the system of power, the attitude to the death penalty, the rights of religious minorities, the rights of women, the attitude to other states - Russia and Saudi Arabia are complete antagonists.
          1. Vladimir 1964 7 September 2015 13: 56 New
            • 1
            • 0
            +1
            Dear Oper6300, well, first of all, let me express my gratitude to you for the very fact of having your comment!
            I just grew up in the east, it is so convenient for me to communicate.
            Now about the most, we will consider the question.

            In our case, Russia and Saudi Arabia are similar only as oil producing countries. In everything else (of any importance) - the system of power, the attitude to the death penalty, the rights of religious minorities, the rights of women, the attitude to other states - Russia and Saudi Arabia are complete antagonists.


            Let me disagree with you. The question of oil, if you do not mind omitting.
            Mutual relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia are rather important in the socio-political plane. Saudis, if not the main player in the Middle East, and they are Sunnis, 99% of Russian Muslims are Sunnis too! And if you are aware of the holy places of the entire Muslim world are in the territory of the Saudis!
            Judging by the avatar, you are from a Muslim state, then think about how important it is for Russia, if only normal relations with the Saudis.
            If interested, I don’t know all the details, but from 1981 to 1985. someone "serious" from the political bureau met with Abdullah.
    2. Vladimir 1964 7 September 2015 11: 14 New
      • 0
      • 0
      0
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      The Sauddites are in a hopeless situation, they played a "price war" with shale oil mattresses, and "reaped the storm." Now, when objective reality requires reducing production in order to avoid overstocking, they are trying to negotiate with the largest (comparable to themselves) exporter for a joint reduction in production. They do not want to lose market share. But here, as agreed. Nobody trusts anyone in this market.


      An interesting thought, Eugene.
  • rotmistr60 7 September 2015 08: 03 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    Saudi Arabia and Russia are unlikely to be able to create an alliance

    It seems to me that Russia is not striving to create any alliance with the SA, especially since this is not possible today. Rogssia is simply groping for common ground in the oil market, naturally pursuing its own goals. But we’ll find out what happens or what is agreed upon in due time.
  • Free wind 7 September 2015 08: 31 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    And Russia is increasing oil production, what machinations of enemies can we talk about ........
  • Proximo 7 September 2015 08: 34 New
    • 1
    • 0
    +1
    Any alliance with the Saudis is not possible. Be that as it may, they have always been and will be on a leash from the states. We must remember that the borders of Arabia, its government, economy, all this was created as a project of the West. So the CA by its nature cannot conduct an independent policy (external and internal).
  • L159Z 7 September 2015 09: 16 New
    • 2
    • 0
    +2
    The Islamic State is a joint project of the USA and Saudi Arabia, as well as Alkaida, so everything is clear here - we are enemies with them, so that they would not sing there. Dumping oil prices are also very hard to afford, and the shale project in general in the deep you know where. And why did the prince come? Yes, in order to clarify, are we ready to give up or not! If we hold on for another year and leave the dollar as much as possible in mutual settlements with other countries, then they will be finished, because there is nothing to sell them except oil and camels. And there are few camels, they themselves are not enough!
    1. Awaz 7 September 2015 17: 36 New
      • 0
      • 0
      0
      I agree that the Arabs come to bargain. No matter how ridiculous it looks, it’s very difficult for people with such an oil price. It is worth paying attention that they entered the loan markets, which has not happened for many years. Although we have too many corrupt and oligarchs and politicians and the economy is heavily tied to the sale of raw materials, our budget revenues are still less dependent on raw materials than the Saudis. At the moment, ZVZs are not falling in Russia, but are decreasing in the Saudis, although they started to borrow money a little and the fall in stocks has decreased, but there are questions. In addition, their war formed in the south, and not victorious. So in addition to trading in Ponte, they are still looking for some ways to rapprochement. (well, in my opinion)
  • Turkir 7 September 2015 09: 53 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    Saudis flirt with Russia to provoke US jealousy.
    1. Vladimir 1964 7 September 2015 11: 21 New
      • 0
      • 0
      0
      Turkir, and you know, everything is possible, as an option.
  • rosarioagro 7 September 2015 10: 56 New
    • -1
    • 0
    -1
    "Relations between Riyadh and Moscow have nothing more in common."

    In addition to raising oil prices
  • Vladimir 1964 7 September 2015 11: 33 New
    • 1
    • 0
    +1
    This is your article, Oleg, I liked, I do not agree with everything, but these are questions of subjectivity.
    The only thing I would like to clarify with you: didn’t you think about the fact that the Saudis are the richest and most influential Sunni state, and competent and smart rapprochement with it is quite interesting for Russia.
  • polkovnik manuch 8 September 2015 08: 13 New
    • 0
    • 0
    0
    The article is interesting, but you must always remember that, "the east is a delicate matter" _ as the famous movie hero used to say. Therefore, there is no need to rush things. The king will come and possibly dot all the "and".