On September 16th the Kremlin called on all sides to avoid rash responses to the assault on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields that Washington accuses Iran of being behind, AFP reported.
“We call on all countries to avoid hasty steps or conclusions that could exacerbate the situation and, on the contrary, keep to a line of conduct that will help soften the impact of the situation," Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, said. "This is a very unpleasant story," Peskov added.
"We are hoping that Saudi Arabia will be able to cope with the damage inflicted in the immediate future," he told reporters. He said Putin will visit Saudi Arabia in October.
On September 14th, two major oil facilities in KSA were attacked by drones, critically affecting oil production. Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi rebels, who are fighting against a pro-legitimacy Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, have claimed responsibility.
Oil prices on September 16th soared to levels unseen since the Gulf War following a statement by President Donald Trump that the US was "locked and loaded" to take action against the perpetrators.