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“[The] Saudis are trying to provide some incentives to Russia to be more flexible regarding the political process in Syria, and are even willing to sacrifice some market share to the Iranians if it means helping Russia’s oil markets, so President Vladimir Putin can continue pushing Iran out of Syria unabated.” — Brandon Friedman
“From a Saudi perspective, one of the deal’s attractions is that it shifts some of the responsibility for continued overproduction and price weakness onto arch rival Iran.” –Amin Tarzi