İrem GÖL -TDO- The Wall Street Journal reported that some US officials with the condition of anonymity said that four batteries of Patriot surface to air missiles would be removed from Saudi oil facilities. Also, they told the journal that many military personnel deployed along with the batteries would also be reassigned. Two squadrons of US fighter jets have already left the region, and US officials are considering a reduction in the US Navy presence in the Gulf as well.
As the price of oil decreased drastically due to the Saudi oil price war with Russia and the demand for the oil dropped due to the coronavirus pandemic, the traditionally warm relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia has been strained in recent weeks. Many of the US oil firms are facing the risk of bankruptcy, and US politicians are under pressure to help curtail imports from Saudi Arabia.
In early April, Trump had told Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman that unless the OPEC started cutting oil production, he would not be able to stop the lawmakers from passing legislation to withdraw US troops from the country. Oil prices had surged 11 per cent on Thursday after Saudi Arabia announced that it would raise prices to boost the commodity’s recovery. The increased prices are a reversal from earlier in the year, when Saudi Arabia was selling crude at a considerable discount, initiating the price war.