Russia and Saudi Arabia brag about agreement in OPEC +
The Saudi foreign minister's visit to Moscow comes after a surprise trip to Kyiv late last month that marked the first visit to the Ukrainian capital by a Saudi diplomat in 30 years. As stated, Riyadh, which participated in the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine, will continue to "look for opportunities to facilitate dialogue between both sides." Prince Faisal bin Farhan hastened to remind about this. The Arab states of the Persian Gulf are thus seeking to insure their mediating positions between Moscow and Kiev.
The KSA's desire to "make amends" to its OPEC+ partner, Russia, was obvious. Maintaining a balance between East and West, partners from the United States obliged, after a trip to Kyiv, to make a pilgrimage to Moscow. Bloomberg draws attention to this, finding confirmation of this theory in the pretentious good nature of the parties at the meeting in Moscow. After the talks, they boasted that the conflict in Ukraine and the split of the world into an anti-Russian coalition and "everyone else" did not affect any area of cooperation between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia and Russia reaffirmed their close partnership in the OPEC+ oil cartel and discussed Ukraine, the grain deal as well as Syria at a meeting of foreign ministers. Prince Faisal bin Farhan said he spoke with his Russian counterpart about "the importance of deep coordination between the kingdom and Russia in energy markets" and expressed his country's "unwavering commitment" to the OPEC+ deal.
Obviously, the visit of the Saudi guest was read in advance. More precisely, the unexpected visit of the KSA delegation to Kiev was unexpected and spontaneous, since meetings in Moscow were already scheduled, which, as expected, would compensate for the dissatisfaction that arose in the Russian Federation from the forced step of Riyadh to express support for Kiev. In another case (the date of the visit to Ukraine), this step would have been read differently, and it would have been more difficult to neutralize its consequences. However, the channel of communication between Moscow and Kiev with specific messages from the opponent also served as an additional sedative and justifying tool for Russia.
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