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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Saudis, UAE Refuse to Take Biden’s Calls over Russia

'Basically half the world's population and those who control most of the world's commodities aren't on board with punishing Putin or easing the situation to the west's benefit... '

(John RansomHeadline USA) Hoping to get relief from surging domestic energy prices, President Joe Biden got a jolt when close allies of the US in the Middle East refused to speak to the president about increasing oil production.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the U.A.E.’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan have both shunned Biden over his Middle East policy, especially in regards to the civil war in Yemen and declined phone calls with the president of the United States, reported the Wall Street Journal.

“There was some expectation of a phone call, but it didn’t happen,” said a U.S. official of the planned discussion between the Saudi Prince Mohammed and Mr. Biden reported the Journal. “It was part of turning on the spigot [of Saudi oil].”

More ominously, as noted by Zero Hedge, is that both the UAE and Saudi Arabia have taken calls from Russia’s Putin, with the Saudi prince agreeing to try to mediate between the US and Russia.

This follows neutrality by India, and a Russian alliance with China, which doesn’t exactly add up to an isolated Russia.

“So for those keeping track, while the west has continued to insist that Russia is isolated – and make no mistake, these sanctions will be immediately crippling – if one considers the population and resources which originate in China, India, Brazil and the Middle East kingdoms – basically half the world’s population and those who control most of the world’s commodities aren’t on board with punishing Putin or easing the situation to the west’s benefit,” said Zero Hedge.

As NBC News noted when Biden was elected, Biden had promised during the campaign to treat Saudi Arabia as “pariah” state and “reassess” the US-Saudi relationship.

Apparently, Biden is finding out that the process goes both ways, with oil-rich countries not coming to the aid of an American president who won’t allow America to drill its way out of his foreign policy blunders, in Eastern Europe, or in the Middle East.

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