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reply to post by maxzen2004
Yep you gotta love and trust them Saudis. This offer was on the table in Aug 2013. Putin turned them down.
Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.
Here is a link to the article. I couldn't find any info for your reply, can you post a link please, would like to read it.
Mr. Miller the discount was a prepayment for the Russian Navy's use of Ukraine's Black Sea port of Sevastopol through 2017, but as that port had been annexed by Moscow, along with the rest of Crimea, Ukraine should repay $11.4 billion it saved, Mr. Miller said, following similar statements by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Americans grasp the importance of the petro dollar and the ramifications if it was dropped. Putin mentions that he could work with other nations to make it fail. That's all he need do.... Americans panic, pressure is put on the administration, 0bama backs down on the rhetoric, Russia re-unifies the northern and eastern territories with little opposition, the petro-dollar remains. Frankly, our deficit is what will bring our downfall if we can't reduce it. and it looks like it will not be reduced.