Russia has rebuked U.S. officials seeking the ouster of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) in the wake of the death of Muslim Brotherhood activist Jamal Khashoggi.
“Of course we are against interference. The Saudi people and leadership must decide such questions themselves,” stated Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov. “The King made a decision and I can’t even imagine on what grounds someone in America will interfere in such an issue and think about who should rule Saudi Arabia, now or in the future. This is a Saudi matter.”
The Russian statement comes in the aftermath of a Reuters which claims anonymous senior U.S. officials made clear to like-minded Saudi elites that they would support a bid by one of Mohammad bin Salman’s uncles, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, to seize power in Saudi Arabia. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has also pushed for regime change in order to replace MBS with a prince more palatable to the U.S. national security establishment.