Patrick Truffer of the Swiss security blog Offiziere has kindly republished a recent Atlantic Sentinel article of mine about the Saudi-Russian oil war.
I argue that one of the reasons the Saudis are muscling in on Russia’s energy market in Europe is that they want to punish Vladimir Putin’s regime for its support of their enemies in the Middle East: Bashar al-Assad in Syria and his friends in Iran.
Saudi Arabia, for all its laments about President Barack Obama abdicating American leadership in the Middle East, must also worry about Russia’s increased involvement in the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently deployed fighter jets and troops to Syria to prop up Assad’s government — by targeting the very rebels the Saudis have supported.
The Europeans, for their part, must be only too eager. They are in the process of reducing their dependence on Russian oil and gas — a dependence Russia has all too often used as a weapon in the past. Cheaper Saudi oil can only help.
Click here to read the whole thing at Offiziere.