Saudi Arabia has no intention of making an oil embargo to announce, such as it implemented in 1973. The country wants oil and politics to be separate, said the Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih in an interview given to the Russian news agency TASS. This exact interview is rather proof of the opposite: politics and oil can’t be separated. It covertly states that Saudi Arabia is ready to use an oil embargo as a threat against the possible sanctions. Arabs are capable to create a catastrophic energy crisis. Saudi Arabia is one of the largest oil producers in the world. The country is pumping more than an eighth of all the crude oil in the world.
Saudi Arabia got under heavy fire from because of the death of a critical journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He disappeared on October 2 after he had been visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get his papers for the upcoming marriage. At first Saudi Arabia denied there is something to do with it. Now Saudis gave a ridiculous explanation: Khashoggi is killed because he attacked the consulate.
The Saudis confirm that eighteen people have been arrested and king Salman bin Abdoelaziz also has two high-ranking officials fired. Details about “the accident” are not officially available. Turkish investigators suspect that Khashoggi was beheaded by execution team that landed in Istanbul to accomplish the mission. Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of Foreign Affairs, claims that the “rogues” on their own operated and not controlled from Riyadh. Which is a lie we offered to believe.
Europe requires a “serious and thorough investigation”, but a few states consider themselves to really do something important. Walloon minister-president Willy Borsus (MR) says that all arms exports to Saudi Arabia suspended may be suspended once the facts proven.
“That would be an unacceptable situation,” said Borsus.
Germany is already decided what to do about the Khashoggi case. Chancellor Merkel announced that all arms exports shut until there is clarification on the matter. The German Economy minister Peter Altmaier, Europe has called for a front to form after the death of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, critical to the Kingdom.
“Only if all European countries agree, we can have an impact on the government in Riyadh,” said Altmaier of the German tv station ZDF. The minister did not explain whether the already approved export will stop.
Annalena Baerbock, the chairman of the green party, called today on all export immediately to stop, including what has been already approved.
“That would be Saudi Arabia really hurt,” she said.
President Trump has stated that arm deal with the Saudi Arabia will be safe and the killing will not affect it.
Turkish president Erdogan promises that he will reveal more details on the case soon.