Impact on Issues

➚ U.S. Decline – ➚ Russian Influence – ➘  Middle East Regional Tension – ➚➚ ➂  Global tension

Among many other impacts, we shall notably stress here that this visit shows the skill of Russian diplomacy and the pertinence of Russian strategy as Russia seems to be highly likely to succeed in  maintaining and developing good relationships with two current ‘competing’ – not to say antagonist – powers: Iran and Saudi Arabia. As a result it is twice a potentially stabilizing influence for the region.

Meanwhile, and relatedly, this State visit also indicates the global relative decline of U.S. influence. As a result, the U.S. is likely to react, which could be a general factor of polarization and escalation worldwide.

Signal

Fresh Start: Saudi Arabia Turns to Russia Seeking to Diversify Foreign Relations

Riyadh has started diversifying its foreign relations due to the US’ further rapprochement with Tel Aviv, Russian political scientist Vyacheslav Smirnov told Radio Sputnik. According to the expert, the first ever visit of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to Moscow is likely to strengthen Russo-Saudi ties.

Featured Image: With the King of Saudi Arabia Salman Ben Abdul Aziz Al Saud. From album to material Russian-Saudi talks October 5, 2017 Moscow, The Kremlin