White House: Saudi-Led OPEC ‘Aligning’ With Putin

In this image released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, greets President Joe Biden with a fist bump after his arrival at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Friday, July 15, 2022. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP)

At a glance

The cut is OPEC+’s largest since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
It could help Russia keep financing its illegal invasion of Ukraine despite the West’s efforts to cut oil and gas as a source of revenue for Putin’s war machine
The White House was ‘having a spasm and panicking’ over the potential outcomes of OPEC’s decision, an unnamed administration official told CNN

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