Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on October 14, 2021. [State Department photo by Freddie Everett]
US-backed Middle East states cozy up to Russia during Ukraine invasion

Regional engagement is often justified in the context of great power competition but when push comes to shove, Washington is left hanging.

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