Mr. H.S. sent this one along, and while we're on the subject of geopolitical earthquakes involving Russia, this one is rife with high octane speculation possibilities. So, first off, here is the article itself:
Before we get started with today's high octane speculation, however, I want to draw your attention to another article that appears at the bottom of the first one:
You'll note that the date on the second article is June 23, 2015, while the date on the first is July 7, 2015, so the article about potential Saudi purchases of Russian weapons systems predates the one about Saudi investments. Taken together, these two articles could possibly indicate the sweeping and all-inclusive nature of Saudi-Russian talks. Of course, being friends with Saudi Arabia can, at times, be a dodgy undertaking, as airliners have a bad habit of crashing into buildings piloted by radicals and fundamentalists who like to visit Vegas strip bars, and who subsequently turn up alive. But then again, one can only assume that airliners headed for St. Basil's Cathedral or the Kremlin would be much more effectively dealt with by the Russian military (even if it was running forty-plus drills at the same time, coincidentally, of course) than it was by the FAA and NORAD, and the Russians probably wouldn't have to have a Duma Commission to fabricate yet another official version of the events while Mr. Putin was reading "My Pet Samovar" to Russian elementary school children when Andrei Cardienko informed him "Mr. President, Russia is under attack". The Russian Defense Minister would simply say that "terrorists were planning to crash airliners into the Kremlin; we shot them down; and our intelligence services will be contacting the culprits shortly with a very clear and unmistakable message. And no, we won't be giving their relatives dialysis treatments at the Russian Hospiral in Yemen either." Notably, there are not political action committees - at least as far as I'm aware - inside Russia putting out documents titled "The Project for a New Russian Century" in which they call for "a new Operation Barbarossa event" to galvanize Russian public opinion in favor of military intervention in...well... just about everywhere.
But I digress.
Viewed from one point of view, indications of the Saudi investments could herald a geopolitical earthquake in the making, since Saudi Arabia can only be viewing Washington's increasing lunacy with a bit of concern. Russia does not need the Saudi's oil, but it could certainly use their access to cash. Conversely, Saudi Arabia, while always in the pocket of the West, can only view recent moves by Washington with a bit of alarm, especially given that regime's hostility to Iran and Washington's reluctance to do anything about it. If the spigot of American arms should ever be turned off, the kingdom would be in a world of hurt (though it could easily turn to France or Germany if necessary). For Moscow, the deal opens the door to possible growing influence in the region, and within one of the west's oldest and staunchest "allies" in the region, and this, coupled with the Saudi foreign minister's announcement about possible arms purchases from Russia, might have the claxons sounding in Washington.
But there's a high octane speculative possibility lurking in the wings here, and it may be rather different. Recall those stories from earlier blogs, including from this week, about the concerns Russia's directed energy weapons are causing in American defense planning circles. Without knowing the exact capabilities of those systems, they remain a wild card for military bean-counters, and hence, getting their hands on one of those systems has to be a high intelligence priority for American and western military planners. There are two ways to do so, and one is simply to steal one, a difficult proposition at best, since they are bound to be under very tight security. The other possibility is simply to have a surrogate buy them, and pass along a "spare unit." Whether or not Russia would actually sell them remains to be seen, of course. But that raises its own problematic, for if it did sell those systems, this could only mean one thing, namely, that it has something much better that it is keeping quiet, and to itself.
See you on the flip side...