Seminar: The UAE and Saudia Arabia in the context of the Ukrainian conflict – key players on the resources market or instruments for all sides

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The UAE and Saudia Arabia in the context of the Ukrainian conflict – key players on the resources market or instruments for all sides?

Speakers:
John Field: Political economy expert for developing coutnries.
Topic: Economic flows in the contemporary Ukranian crisis – case of the UAE and Saudi Arabia
Vladimir Ajzenhame, Assistant professor, faculty of security studies, University of Belgrade
Topic: Behind the oil curtain: the response of the Gulf states to the war in Ukraine
Mitko Arnaudov, International relations expert.
Topic: Are natural resources also weapons in the ongoing war?
Moderator:
Selen Eşençay
Vladimir Ajzenhamer – From the moment Russia recognized Donetsk and Luhansk as independent

republics, the Gulf states have reacted differently to this crisis. We can group them into three camps
– hedgers or fence-sitters (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Iran), emotionally
driven countries (Kuwait and partly Iraq) and regional bandwagoners (Bahrain and Oman).When it
comes to the war in Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates show full understanding
and empathy for Ukraine, but still refuse to take part in sanctions against Russia and do not want to
increase oil and gas production which would help curb the skyrocketing market prices and provide
Europe with alternative sources of oil and gas supply. They have chosen the hedging strategy – a
strategy of sending mixed signals to US and Russia, with the aim of letting both Washington and
Moscow know that Gulf countries remain their partners, but will not choose a side. That’s why
Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are trying to appear as US and NATO’s most reliable allies in the Gulf region,
but on the other hand, desperately wants to avoid severing its growing ties with Moscow in the
spheres of investment, infrastructure and tourism.

John Field – “The political will was to continue doing business with Russia. In fact the architect of
Germany’s SPD’s international policy, Egon Bahr, once told some schoolchildren that “International
politics is never about democracy and human rights. It’s about the interest of states. Remember
that, no matter what you are told in history lessons.” I would not disagree with the statement as it is
clearly true when one looks at the world of international diplomacy. I would however profoundly
disagree that we should continue to accept this as a way to behave.” Maybe this should set the basis
for a way forward, not our self interests but human rights and the value of the individual – in other
words, “Be kind to one another.”

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