White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said US President Joe Biden would act “methodically” in deciding how to respond to Saudi Arabia over the oil production cuts, but options include including changes to US security assistance, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday.
Mr. Sullivan, speaking on CNN, said no changes to the US-Saudi relationship were imminent as Mr. Biden reassessed it.
“And so the president will not act hastily. He will act methodically, strategically, and he will take time to consult with members of both parties, and also for an opportunity for Congress to return so he can sit with them in person and work through the options, Mr. Sullivan said.
A day after OPEC+ oil producers last week announced production cuts in the face of US opposition, Mr Biden vowed to impose “consequences” on Saudi Arabia for siding with Russia in the conflict. reduction support. The OPEC+ move undermines plans by Western countries to impose limits on the price of Russian oil exports in response to Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
US Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has called for a halt to most US arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the OPEC+ move.
Mr. Biden’s options “include changes to our approach to security assistance to Saudi Arabia, but I will not go ahead of the president. What I will say is no. what’s going to happen,” Mr Sullivan said, adding that he had time. Biden to consult with Congress.
Mr. Sullivan said Mr. Biden did not plan to meet the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, at November’s G20 leaders summit in Indonesia.
Asked if Mr. Biden considered Russia’s use of small tactical nuclear weapons or detonation in the Black Sea less serious than a larger bomb, Mr. Sullivan said making distinctions such as it is “dangerous” and the president will not do so.
“The use of nuclear weapons on the battlefield of Ukraine is the use of nuclear weapons on the battlefield of Ukraine. We will not cut the Italian sausage,” Mr. Sullivan added.
He said NATO allies and other responsible countries, including China and India, must “send a very clear and unequivocal message to Russia that they should not consider the use of nuclear weapons. in this conflict.”
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