Improved Saudi-Russian Relations could be Bad for Syria, US
Foreign relations between the United States and Syria have been poor for years, but they may have a common concern with the warming relations of two other countries: Saudi Arabia and Russia. With the leaders of the Middle East superpower meeting with the Kremlin, both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and US President Barack Obama are doing what they can to keep their concerns at bay.
Russian news agency Pravda has speculated that the meeting, which is scheduled for later this year, could mean bad news for Assad. One scholar is anticipating that the Saudi government will try to persuade the Russians to abandon their support for the ailing leader of Syria in favor of a Saudi-backed government. This would hurt Russian relations with Iran, a supporter of Assad, but the prospects of appealing to one of the United States’ biggest allies may be too much for Russian President Vladimir Putin to resist.
According to Pravda:
On the one hand the Saudis saw that the Americans are ready to let them down, despite having been their partners for many years. The Americans really never pull all the eggs in one basket and their ”divide and rule” strategy has always been known.
The Saudis try to behave themselves the same way. They have been putting all the eggs in one basket for many years. Now they tried to play the Russian card, and there is also a Syrian aspect here.
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