Saudi Arabia’s decision to support an oil output cut by OPEC and its allies on Wednesday marked another step of distancing from the United States

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OPEC’s decision to curb oil production was a signal that President Biden’s influence over his Gulf allies was far less than he had hoped.

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The move by OPEC on Wednesday to reduce oil production sharply undercuts President Biden’s effort to avoid an increase in gas prices

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ahead of the midterm elections, while setting back his push to constrain the oil revenue Russia is using to pay for its war in Ukraine.

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It additionally exposes the failure of his fist-bump diplomacy over the summer season with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

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The decision came during a meeting at OPEC’s Vienna headquarters that was attended by Russia’s deputy prime minister

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who is under American sanctions. It followed a concerted but ultimately unsuccessful diplomatic effort by Washington to halt the oil production cut, a signal that Mr.

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Biden’s influence over his Gulf allies was far less than he had hoped.

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