Biden warns Saudi Arabia about decision to cut oil

Biden warns there will be 'consequences' for Saudi Arabia after oil production cuts

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Joe Biden warned Tuesday that Saudi Arabia would face "consequences" after OPEC last week announced the biggest cut in oil production since the beginning of the pandemic.

Top Democrats on Capitol Hill condemned the decision by Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of the oil alliance, to cut off the world's oil supply.

Rising oil prices are seen as helping Russia, the world's second-largest oil exporter, finance its war in Ukraine.

"There will be repercussions for what they did to Russia," Saudi Arabia's Biden said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. "I won't go into what I would consider and what I have in mind. But there will be, there will be consequences."

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a news conference Tuesday that the United States would reassess its relations with Saudi Arabia following "OPEC's decision to align its energy policy with the Russian war."

"We need to reevaluate and have a different relationship with Saudi Arabia," he said, adding that the White House will review its policies in the coming weeks and months.

Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, on Monday called on the Biden administration to "immediately freeze" U.S. cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

Putin warned against the use of nuclear weapons late last month in a nationally televised speech in which his defense minister announced the withdrawal of 300,000 reservists after the Russian military suffered serious arrests on the battlefield in Ukraine.

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