Russia Building The Trans-Arabian Railway Will Make The Saudis More Multipolar

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review,

The CEO of Russian Railways, the state-backed leader in this industry, announced his company’s intent in participating in the Trans-Arabian Railway during last week’s Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), thus drawing attention to a project that’s been on the drawing board for a few years already but has failed to get off the ground.

The concept is for the GCC states to tighten their non-energy economic integration with one another through a coastal railway that hugs the southern edge of the Persian Gulf and would run from Kuwait to Oman, but this vision hasn’t yet been prioritized. That might change in the coming future, however, as a result of trilateral cooperation between Russia, Saudi Arabia, and China.

To explain, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s ambitious Vision 2030 agenda of socio-economic reforms dovetails perfectly with China’s One Belt One Road global vision of New Silk Road connectivity in the sense that it aims to position the Wahhabi Kingdom as a tri-continental economic hub for Afro-Eurasia.

Some of the over $130 billion worth of investments that China clinched in Saudi Arabia last year alone will be used to modernize the recipient’s economy and place it on the trajectory for developing a sustainable post-oil future, and it’s here where Russia’s railway expertise comes in.

Russian Railways has been working very hard to establish itself as a global player and the Trans-Arabian Railway project provides the perfect opportunity for showcasing its services. Not only that, but it’s a quid pro quo for Saudi investment in the Russian economy over the past couple of years, and it will help to accelerate the Russian-Saudi rapprochement, too. 

Moscow’s deepening all-around involvement in Arab affairs, especially with the influential GCC, will enable it to gain wider respect and acceptance as a Mideast power as well.

Altogether, Russia’s successful involvement in the Trans-Arabian Railway project and China’s game-changing investments in the Kingdom could help Saudi Arabia diversify its foreign policy and ultimately become more multipolar as a result.


Adolfsteinbergovitch powow Wed, 06/06/2018 - 00:24 Permalink

Putin and Xi proving once again that it's always better for peace and stability to spend the necessary time to strike deals rather than doing the usual hebraic fleecing, imposing ultimatums and sanctions. This changes more things than war.

And soon enough America's presence in ME will become irrelevant and the dollar will slide more and more into oblivion.  

(On top of that Russian trains are fantastic.)




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DownWithYogaPants Pandelis Wed, 06/06/2018 - 09:08 Permalink

This appears to be a bit of a revival of the Lincoln-like infrastructure programs that helped Germany and Japan develop after the US Civil war. 

You know who did not like this approach?  - Banking Cabal in the City of London.

Kennedy was reviving and the same goons who tried to kill De Gaulle over 40 times killed him.  Same team didn't like De Gaulle because he accepted Kennedy's argument that colonialism had to die and so opted to let Algeria go.

Makes a person speculate that Xi and Putin must have very good security staffs because Secret Service sure as shit let it happen to Kennedy. 

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Blankone natxlaw Tue, 06/05/2018 - 23:52 Permalink

The fact that the Saudi's are willing to let Putin try to buy their favor is not exactly pivoting. Sounds a bit desperate on Putin's part. Nothing in the article talks about this being a "business" move based upon profit. Putin might as well have given bj's.

From the article:
"Russia’s successful involvement in the Trans-Arabian Railway project"

How is it successful? What has been the current ROI. What is the predicted ROI.
What are the conditions of the deal? How is this rail project going to make profits?

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NoDebt Tue, 06/05/2018 - 22:38 Permalink

Yeah, a train across the desert is going to make everyone hold hands and sing 'kumbaya'.

Not to worry, though, we'll unleash some "kinetic freedom" on that railway, eventually.


Oh regional Indian Tue, 06/05/2018 - 22:39 Permalink

Moving mega tons on rails laid on a sandy base. Dust storms, shifting dunes.

Makes perfect malinvestment sense....

Might as well just build a few hundred more skyscrapers on the sandy base and call it a day, yeh?

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Tue, 06/05/2018 - 22:45 Permalink

They need to start marketing RussianRail packages for various age groups like the old Eurrail which you bought and included unlimited travel for 14, 21, or 30 days. I was deported from Belarus. Didn't have the right visa. Pain in the ass trying to travel in Russia. You can't stay at cheap places, have to have a visa and a minder, blah blah blah. I would love to bum around Russia for 30 days if I had the option of staying in cheap hotels and riding the train from place-to-place. Not safe to do that in Western Europe, now. But I would do that trip in Russia, no worries about nafricans and gimmigrants running amok in the train stations. Good!

BTW, the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg is still on my bucket list of places to go.

koh1moh2 Tue, 06/05/2018 - 22:59 Permalink

It would be good to know the proposed trajectory of this railway. The article says that it has been a project for some years. Yes, it has. The Hijaz Railway. Kaiser Wilhelm II built one that went from Constantinople as far as Jeddah, or was supposed to. Lawrence of Arabia and his arab brothers blew it up. The ruin of it, including the locomotive, were still there in 1972, to my certain knowledge, preserved in the dry desert sand, like the legs of Ozymandias.

gregga777 Tue, 06/05/2018 - 23:35 Permalink

Altogether, Russia’s successful involvement in the Trans-Arabian Railway project and China’s game-changing investments in the Kingdom could help Saudi Arabia diversify its foreign policy and ultimately become more multipolar as a result.

It could also end up as a smoking ruin in yet another Western regime change campaign.

Saudi Delusion 2030!