Saudi Arabia: When Being Neutral Isn’t Neutral Anymore, by Ted Snider

Saudi Arabia has decided it will go more respect moving out of the American orbit and shifting towards the Chinese-Russian alliance. From Ted Snider at

“We do not believe in polarization or selecting between one partner and another,” Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said, asserting the Kingdom’s right to act “based on its own interests” and to have “strategic partnerships with [many] countries.”

But in a world upon which the Biden administration has superimposed a bipolar template of a good block and an evil block, strong, independent declarations of neutrality are no longer neutral. They are taking a side: not between the US on one side and Russia and China on the other but between a loyal US unipolar worldview and an uncommitted Russia-China multipolar world view. Saudi Arabia has not chosen Russia or China over the US, but they have chosen the Russia-China worldview over the US worldview.

Saudi Arabia has refused to join the sanctions regime on Russia. But they have done more than stay out of the issue. They have pursued their national interest and more than doubled their imports of Russian oil. When Biden personally flew to Saudi Arabia to court the Kingdom’s help to offset globally rising prices caused by the sanctions on Russia and to enhance the efficacy of those sanctions by increasing oil production, Saudi Arabia turned him down. OPEC+ announced that they were cutting oil production by two million barrels a day, representing an unexpectedly massive 2% reduction of the daily global supply.

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