After the journalist went for documents to the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, no one else saw him. The opposition was detained, interrogated and killed. The authorities of the Middle East monarchy deny these allegations, but they cannot present a living journalist. Saudi Arabia has been threatened by international sanctions.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump treated this state as a reliable ally. This collaboration is beneficial: Washington buys Saudi oil and sells weapons to Riyadh. Saudi Arabia invests dollars earned for oil in American the economy. In addition, this country realizes the interests of the United States in the Middle East region, in particular, is a counterweight to Iran. Therefore, Americans are turning a blind eye to violations by Saudi Arabia in the field of human rights (although other countries are bombing under this pretext).
After some cooling in relations with previous US President Barack Obama, current head of state Donald Trump has thawed them. He considered it his merit. Now the story of journalist Jamal Khashuggi puts the American president in an awkward position. Neither the US nor Saudi Arabia needs a scandal. Perhaps the Saudi authorities recognize the murder of a journalist, but try to expose him as a special case. But this is unlikely to save their image.
Saudi Arabia threatens with retaliatory measures: if sanctions are imposed, Riyadh will achieve a price of $ 200 per barrel of oil, break defense contracts with the United States, buy weapons from Moscow and even allow Russia to build a military base on its territory.