- Russia and the Gulf Arab states share interests as energy producers
- U.S. disengagement spurs search for ad hoc alliances
- Even in Syria, Riyadh and Moscow would prefer settlement to confrontation
Relations between the Arab states of the Persian Gulf and Russia hinge on two combustible issues: energy and Syria. Since the June 2015 meeting in St. Petersburg between President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, however, there has been a certain convergence.