Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a high five as both men laughed during an impromptu encounter at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, an indicator of increasingly warm relations between the two states in the wake of growing globalist criticism towards both nations. The two nationalist strongmen subsequently sat down at their adjacent seats at the summit circle and continued joking around.
Prince Mohammad has recently endured criticism from politicians in the United States and elsewhere in the West over allegations that he was involved in the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a dangerous Islamist writer for the fake news publication The Washington Post. This has led to an effort in the United States to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, and to sanction Prince Mohammad and his associates. Growing tensions between the Saudis and Western powers became clear during Mohammad’s encounter earlier today at the summit with globalist French President Emmanuel Macron, who angrily accused Mohammad of “never listening” to him. Although his ally German Chancellor Angela Merkel also pledged to confront Mohammad, she has yet to arrive at the summit due to a technical problem on her official plane that forced her to fly commercial.
Putin has likewise come under fire for his country’s decision to detain the crews of three Ukrainian ships that impeded upon sovereign Russian waters. British Prime Minister Theresa May has already stated that she intends to use her time at the summit to push for further sanctions on Russia, an unwise decision for a leader who ought to be focused on forging new trade deals in the wake of Brexit. President Donald Trump has responded to domestic pressure on this matter by cancelling his scheduled G20 meeting with Putin, but has insisted that the facts need to be clarified before any concrete action is taken, and the Russian foreign ministry has suggested an impromptu meeting may still go ahead.
Trump has argued that a rift between the United States and Saudi Arabia would benefit Russia as well as the regime in China, as these eastern powers would have first dibs at the Kingdom’s lucrative arms and oil deals. China is another participating country at the G20 summit, and Trump is still set to attend a scheduled meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this evening, where the ongoing trade war between the countries are expected to be top of the agenda. Earlier today, Trump hosted the first trilateral meeting between the U.S. President and the leaders of India and Japan, two major regional rivals of China.