The newspaper said in its report, which was attributed to unnamed Saudi sources, that before the meeting of the OPEC + oil group on 6 March, in which the group had failed to reach an agreement to reduce the volume of production to address the effects of the Corona virus, “there was a communication between the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Prince Muhammad bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The newspaper added in its report that the Arabic website CNN cannot independently verify its authenticity that the Saudi crown prince “issued an ultimatum and threatened that in the absence of an agreement, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will start a price war.”
The newspaper pointed out in its published report, on Tuesday, that the Russian president “refused the warning and the call ended badly,” according to what the newspaper attributed to Saudi officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and adviser to the US president, Donald Trump, was aware of the phone call between the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and Putin, but he did not oppose that,” the newspaper said, quoting a “second source”, according to the newspaper.
On the other hand, the official Saudi News Agency, has published several reports on contacts between the Saudi King, King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his crown prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin during the last period, to find out the efforts made to stabilize oil prices in the markets.
Among the contacts, it was a call that the Saudi Crown Prince received from the Russian President on the 10th of this month, during which “efforts to achieve stability and energy markets to support the growth of the global economy were reviewed, and the importance of cooperation of all producing countries in this was emphasized,” according to the Saudi Agency .
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the OPEC + group had also reached an agreement on April 12th, to reduce oil production by 9.7 million barrels per day.
The report sparked a wide interaction among activists on social media, amid tweets containing analyzes and speculation about the causes and motives of the oil war, and below we show you the most important circulation: