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Do not expect Biden's Saudi Arabia visit to work miracles

U.S. leverage undermined by policy U-turns and Riyadh's cozy ties with Russia

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Gas prices over the $5 mark are advertised at a gas station in Encinitas, California, on May 9: Drawing a straight line between Biden urging Saudi leaders to pump more oil, the Kingdom obliging and prices taking a tumble would be overly simplistic.   © Reuters

Vandana Hari is founder of Singapore-based Vanda Insights, which tracks energy markets.

U.S. President Joe Biden's planned visit to Saudi Arabia in mid-July has become a big talking point across the globe and spurred a barrage of reactions at home, ranging from support over its potential to achieve reconciliation between the two countries to criticism of the visit as a betrayal of American principles on human rights.

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