Why is Saudi Arabia “sitting on the fence” on Ukraine?

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The Politicus
Jul 14, 2022 12:20 AM 0 Answers
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For the first time in twenty-five years, China, India, and Pakistan
took a similar position on a global issue, choosing to abstain from
voting on Ukraine, like so many others, including Indonesia,
Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Even solid American allies like the UAE and
Saudi Arabia have been found “sitting on the fence” on Ukraine. Given
this context, instead of rushing headlong into confronting and
containing China, wisdom gleaned from past experience and contemporary
geopolitical realities demand a review and reset in the U.S. approach
to China.

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/us-china-policy-heading-towards-disaster-203510

Is Saudi Arabia sitting on the fence on Ukraine, because it's fearing military retaliation from Russia, or do they have something to gain from Russia invading Ukraine? How is Saudi Arabia benefiting from not making a choice in this situation if Saudi Arabia might make it European and American allies mad? What are the geopolitical and political considerations being made by the leadership in Saudi Arabia?

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