The tension is exacerbated between Washington and Riyadh
Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud, the Saudi energy minister, at the last OPEC meeting in Vienna
Tension has risen further between Saudi Arabia and the United States, which had particularly bitter exchanges on Thursday over oil production, and more broadly Riyadh's attitude towards Moscow.
Washington criticizes the Saudi regime for providing Russia, through the recent reduction in OPEC + production quotas, with economic, but also moral and military support, even if it means twist the arm of other producing countries.
Saudi Arabia saw the statements […] which described the decision as taking a stand by the kingdom in international conflicts and as politically oriented against the United States, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement. a statement as long as it is unusual.
Riyadh expresses its total rejection of the American accusations, assuring that the decisions of the cartel of crude exporters were based purely on economic considerations.
We are about to talk to them, assured US President Joe Biden, when asked about these tensions during a trip to Los Angeles, without further details.
OPEC+ – the 13 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) led by Saudi Arabia and their 10 partners led by Russia – decided last week to slash its production quotas.
Joe Biden has already promised consequences after this drop in supply which, in a context of still strong global demand for black gold , may cause prices to soar.
The Saudi-led OPEC+ decision amounts, according to White House Security Council spokesman John Kirby, to economic support for Russia, a large hydrocarbon exporter.
It is also a matter of moral and military support, because it allows [Russia] to continue to finance its war machine, he added in an interview with journalists, saying: It has certainly brought some comfort to Mr. Putin.
Riyadh says US suggested it delay OPEC+ decision by a month, which could also boost price gasoline, and therefore, upset American voters.
Clearly, to wait for the legislative elections scheduled for November 8, decisive for the continuation of Joe Biden's mandate.
What Washington has not really denied. They could easily have waited for the next OPEC meeting, John Kirby said, this time in a particularly sharp statement.
Saudi Arabia may try to manipulate and distract, but the facts are simple, he charged.
In recent weeks, the Saudis have made it clear to us, privately and publicly, that they intend to cut oil production, knowing that this will increase Russia's revenue and mitigate the ;impact of sanctions. This is the wrong direction, writes the former admiral, who has become one of the White House's leading voices on security and diplomacy.
During his press conference, he accused the kingdom of twisting the arm of other OPEC member countries to get what they wanted. He declined to identify these countries, only assuring that there were more than one.
Joe Biden now wants to reassess the long strategic relationship between the two countries, based on a fairly simple principle of reciprocity: Saudi Arabia supplies the market with oil, the United States United ensure his safety.
The American president, who went to Saudi Arabia in July to relaunch diplomatic relations, certainly experienced the OPEC+ decision as an affront.
That visit — and the now famous fist-to-fist salute exchanged with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman — is proving increasingly costly politically for the 79-year-old Democrat.
He had during his campaign promised to reduce Saudi Arabia to pariah status following the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Many Democratic parliamentarians are now calling on him to freeze massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia.