The United States has threatened to withdraw its troops from Saudi Arabia if it does not reduce its oil production and supply.
The United States has been urging Russia to end its confrontation with Saudi Arabia over oil prices for several weeks, and US President Donald Trump has issued an ultimatum to Saudi leaders.
Sources told Reuters that on April 2, Trump had a telephone conversation with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying that as long as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) did not reduce oil production. Until then, they will be powerless to block legislation on the withdrawal of US troops from Saudi Arabia.
Never before have there been reports of a threat to dismantle this 75-year-old strategic alliance, and its main purpose is to press for a historic US oil deal where the Coronavirus has caused. Demand for this specialty has grown significantly as a result of recent corporate scandals.
According to US administration sources who attended the briefing, Trump delivered the message to the Saudi Crown Prince 10 days before the announcement of the cut in oil production, and the threat had such an effect on Muhammad bin Salman that he Everyone in the room was ordered to leave so that they could continue their conversation in secret.
Trump's efforts are aimed at saving the US oil industry from collapse during the crisis of falling oil prices, where the coronavirus has hit economies around the world.
Here, too, is the U.S. president, who has in the past criticized oil companies for cutting oil production and rising oil prices because it has cost the American people more energy. I had to buy electricity.
But now the US president himself is urging OPEC countries to reduce oil production.
A senior US official told Reuters that the US administration had told Saudi Arabia that if it did not reduce its oil production, it would not be able to stop the US Congress from imposing sanctions on it. Withdrawal from Saudi Arabia is certain.
"Saudi Arabia was clearly told in the message that we are defending our industry while you are destroying it," he said, summarizing talks between Saudi and US leaders.
When asked by Reuters on Wednesday if he had threatened the Saudi Crown Prince with the withdrawal of US troops, he said, "I don't need to tell him."
When asked what he said to the Saudi Crown Prince, Trump replied that Saudi Arabia and Russia are having difficulty reaching an agreement, I spoke to the Saudi Crown Prince on the telephone and we cut production. Managed to reach an agreement.
When contacted, Saudi officials did not respond to a request for comment, but a Saudi official said on condition of anonymity that the agreement "reflects the wishes of OPEC and all oil-producing countries."