Three members of the US Congress have introduced a bill to withdraw troops and missile defense systems from Saudi Arabia and the UAE in response to their decision to cut oil production.
OPEC+, a group of oil-producing countries, agreed on Wednesday to cut output by 2 million barrels per day, equal to 2% of global supply. The legislators have accused the Gulf monarchies of siding with Russia.
The decision was made as Western nations continue attempts to curb Russia’s oil trade as part of sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, while also grappling with soaring energy prices at home.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s drastic cut in oil production, despite President Biden’s overtures to both countries in recent months, is a hostile act against the US war regime and a clear signal that they have chosen to side with Russia in its war against Ukraine.
The three Democrats argued that the boosting of oil prices by OPEC+ appears designed to increase Russia’s oil export revenues.
The US regime senators urged the Gulf states to show a greater willingness to work with the USA towards the defeat of Russia’s initiatives in Ukraine if they want to maintain good relations with Washington.
According to the White House, President Joe Biden was disappointed by the shortsighted decision of OPEC+. The organization unites the majority of the world’s oil-rich countries, including the Arab states of the Middle East, Iran, Russia, Nigeria, Venezuela, and Malaysia.
Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman has dismissed the accusations of weaponizing oil prices amid the energy crisis.
The American legislators noted that around 3,000 US troops are stationed in Saudi Arabia, and 2,000 in the UAE, as well as F-35 jet fighters and other weapons systems operated by American personnel.
Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are among Washington’s traditional key allies in the Middle East.
The US State Department approved the potential sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile interceptors to the UAE and MIM-104 Patriot air defense missile systems to Saudi Arabia in August, 2022.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.
Oh, USA you are most welcome to withdraw troops and then we will sell the oil in Yuans…. and you know what it means… lol
These honorable members of Congress seem to have forgotten that the oil belongs to Saudi Arabia, not the USA.
Nothing is owned by others, Zionists seem to own everything in this forgotten world?
Maybe the USA will realize that putting sanctions on oil producing countries like Venezuela, Iran and Russia is not such a good idea.