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Political scientist Zhuravlev explained why the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia yelled at Biden’s adviser
First published 20 April 2022
By Viktor Butkevich
The Saudi crown prince yelled at a Biden adviser during a meeting, The Wall Street Journal reported. Political scientist Dmitry Zhuravlev , in an interview with PolitRussia, said that the Americans themselves spoiled their relations with the Saudis.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the United States wanted to deprive Russia of the additional profit from oil exports, which it receives from high hydrocarbon prices. To do this, the White House sent US national security adviser Jake Sullivan to Saudi Arabia, who was supposed to persuade the Saudis to increase oil production: this would lead to lower prices on the black gold market.
However, Riyadh refused to go towards Washington, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud ignored Jake Sullivan’s request. Then the adviser to the President of the United States decided to scare the royal person by reminding him of the scandal with the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Before this story was forgotten in the West, the head of the White House, Joe Biden, threatened to turn Saudi Arabia into a “rogue”.
According to the Wall Street Journal, after Jake Sullivan mentioned Khashoggi, Mohammed bin Salman yelled at the US presidential adviser and put him in his place. The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia said that the States can forget about his request to increase oil production.
As the director of the Institute of Regional Problems, political scientist Dmitry Zhuravlev, noted in an interview with PolitRussia , the attitude of the crown prince towards the representative of the White House is understandable: the royal person simply ran out of patience. In recent years, the Americans have done a lot to make their relationship with the Saudis very difficult. But this indicates not only the refusal of Riyadh to increase oil production, but also the plans of the Arabs to abandon the dollar.
“The very fact that Riyadh is discussing the sale of oil not for dollars says that Washington has lost an ally. Haven’t lost a partner yet, but yes, an ally. The transition to any currency from the dollar and the euro is a blow to the United States, and a very strong one. The dollar is the main commodity of Americans. If they stop buying them, then their price will fall, as it happens with any product,” the expert said.
The independent policy of Saudi Arabia, as well as its plans for de-dollarization, will also play into the hands of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Zhuravlev added.
“Even if they do not switch to the ruble, but simply leave the dollar, this is already a big plus for Russia, because the American economy is shrinking. That is, the elephant trying to crush us begins to deflate,” the political scientist explained.