The Saudis floated the idea of higher oil prices to get Russia to stop supporting Assad in Syria

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
By Paul Martin

SHANE FERRO AND MICHAEL B KELLEY
BusinessInsider.com
FEB. 3, 2015

It looks as if Saudi Arabia might be using oil policy to pressure Russia into backing away from its support for the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.

The New York Times reports (emphasis ours):

Saudi Arabia and Russia have had numerous discussions over the past several months that have yet to produce a significant breakthrough, according to American and Saudi officials. It is unclear how explicitly Saudi officials have linked oil to the issue of Syria during the talks, but Saudi officials say — and they have told the United States — that they think they have some leverage over Mr. Putin because of their ability to reduce the supply of oil and possibly drive up prices.

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