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Turkey was also in power struggle with the Saudis and Egypt for leadership in the region. Israel and Turkey were on the outs. Then much like in Europe, Russia arrived.
The exercises in the Kingdom are more of message that the Arabs have plenty of support outside of the West if they need it.
The Russians coming into the frey seems to be what has started all this
originally posted by: Shiloh7
a reply to: MrSpad
I see all your reasoning but the one thing Saudi won't want is a bombing campaign against their oil fields - which is their vulnerability however well defended.
Were I putting money on this, it would be on Putin and if they raised their hairy little faces near me and mine, that resort would be exactly what I would do. Extra good for ally Iran's oil exports also.
I think it interesting that this time its involving Arab forces to deal with some of the problems their masters have created. If ever diplomacy was needed its now.
originally posted by: HUMBLEONE
Drudge reports this morning that Russia is massing troops on the Turkish border. Putin is a chess player.