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Russia Exploits the Saudi-UAE Divergence – LobeLog


by Samuel Ramani

In mid-October, Russian President Vladimir Putin will make his first visit to Saudi Arabia since 2007. Putin’s trip underscores Russia’s emergence as a major geopolitical stakeholder on the Arabian Peninsula and gives Moscow an opportunity to cement its partnership with Saudi Arabia on issues ranging from energy security to instability in North Africa. Yet Putin’s trip to Riyadh comes at a time when the Saudi-UAE alliance is facing strains, as both countries arm rival factions in Yemen and pursue contrasting policies towards Iran.

While the United States hopes that…



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