According to a Turkish newspaper, Washington is pushing its former ally in the region for cooperation with Russia and China.
After the incident with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Russia finds itself in a favorable position in the Middle East, writes the Turkish newspaper Sabah.
According to the issue, Riyadh reacted forcefully to threats by US President Donald Trump to punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of Khashoggi, which made the game for Russia.
In particular, Saudi Arabia could take measures such as raising the price of oil to $200 a barrel, selling it in yuan instead of dollars, rapprochement Iran, authorizing the construction of a Russian military base in its territory, blocking the purchase of US and other weapons.
Burhanettin Duran, author of the article, claims the incident with Khashoggi showed the weakness of the union between the US and Saudi Arabia. The atmosphere of distrust is forcing Riyadh to seek an alternative to these relations. In fact, Trump is pushing his former ally for cooperation with Russia and China.
In this context, according to the analyst, Russia should take advantage of the mistakes of the Trump administration to strengthen its positions in the Middle East.
“Washington is gradually handing its zones of influence to Russia for a very low price,” Burhanettin explained.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who has lived in the United States since 2017, was reported missing on October 2.
The journalist’s entry into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was recorded by cameras.
According to his partner, a Turkish citizen with whom he was to marry, Khashoggi was invited to go to the consulate to obtain the documents necessary for his marriage and she stood outside the building waiting for him.
Turkey expressed concerns that Khashoggi could have been murdered inside the building, while the Saudi government denied involvement in the case, claiming the journalist disappeared after he left the consulate. Later evidence emerged that Khashoggi was likely murdered by Saudi agents inside the embassy.