The White House has stopped asking Saudi Arabia to pump more oil to offset Putin’s price increases as US-Gulf relations hit new lows, the report said.

President Joe Biden (left) and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right) /

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  • The White House has given up on asking Saudi Arabia to produce more oil, the WSJ reported.

  • The United States has sought to obtain more Saudi Arabian oil since it banned Russia’s energy imports during the Ukrainian War.

  • Relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia are currently at a new low level.

The White House has given up calling for more oil to be pumped after Saudi Arabia has been repeatedly rejected by the Kingdom, The Wall Street Journal reportedThe latest signs of widening cracks between the two countries.

The U.S. bans Russia’s oil and gas imports Pump prices soared after President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. Next, the United States turned to Saudi Arabia to increase production and lower prices.

However, Saudi Arabia declined with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom. Reportedly ignoring President Joe Biden’s phone call.. Saudi Arabia and Russia are key members of the OPEC + Petroleum Producers Alliance. Were determined Despite rising global prices, production increased slightly in late March.

After abandoning efforts to increase oil production in Saudi Arabia, U.S. officials told the journal that instead the United States began asking Saudi Arabia to do nothing to undermine Western efforts in Ukraine.

Although no further details are given in the journal’s report, Saudi Arabia is one of the countries that has not condemned Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, recently with Crown Prince Mohammed. Offer for mediation Peace negotiations.

The White House and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment from insiders.

Saudi Arabia’s decision to avoid offending Russia instead of disappointing the United States is important and exemplifies the widening of the crack between Biden and Crown Prince Mohammed.

Long-standing alliance is being tested

Relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia have long been supported by the exchange of US weapons and security for access to Saudi Arabia’s oil. But the relationship has been tested.

Saudi Arabia has been hit by a series of attacks on the Arabian Peninsula led by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, Biden’s sidelines of Crown Prince Mohammed, a hard rhetoric against Biden’s human rights records, and the United States. I’m angry that I couldn’t guarantee safety.

of A clear show of US intentions to improve relationshipsThe United States hastily sent an additional Patriot missile defense interceptor to Saudi Arabia last month, just as the effects of Russia’s oil crisis began to bite. Journal previously reported..

Even now, more than a year after taking office, Biden has not officially met Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Salman or Crown Prince Mohammed.

After the CIA concludes that Crown Prince Mohammed is likely to have ordered the murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 The White House effectively demoted Crown Prince Mohammed Marked the Defense Minister, one of the positions he holds, and his father King Salman equivalent to Biden.

Next, Crown Prince Mohammed revealed his contempt for the Biden administration. Interview with The Atlantic Magazine Announced last month, he said he didn’t care what the US president thought about him.

Shortly after Biden took office, Crown Prince Mohammed was reportedly yelling after White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan raised Khashoggi at an informal meeting.

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