Russia and the Gulf – strange affinities

Russian soliders parade before Syrian troops at an airbase in Latakia province
May 4, 2016: Russia troops march at Hmeimym airbase in Latakia province, Syria. This military foothold shows the Gulf Arab states that Russia is a serious player (source: dpa)
  • 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.

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