When the United States and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia in response to the conflict in Crimea in 2014, Moscow reacted by pivoting its focus eastwards. Asian investors were courted to plug the funding gaps and new energy opportunities were sought in the Middle East.
Russia’s push for closer ties with Middle Eastern states has yielded results. However, as the stand-off between Saudi Arabia and Qatar shows no signs of abating, Russia’s hopes of gas alliances with both may leave it with a difficult balance...
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