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Bahrain: ’Schizophrenic’ US Foreign Policy Pushing Arab States toward Russia

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America’s “schizophrenic” approach to the Middle East could result in many key Arab states deciding to align themselves more closely Salman-USwith Russia, the ruler of Bahrain warned on Sunday.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, warned that Barack Obama’s administration would lose influence in the region if it persisted with what a “transient and reactive” foreign policy.

Citing President Obama’s handling of the recent crisis over Syria’s chemical weapons, which allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin to seize the initiative, Sheikh Salman said some states were now seriously reviewing their relations with the US.

“The Russians have proved they are reliable friends,” said Sheikh Salman, referring to Mr. Putin’s diplomatic intervention to prevent Western military action against President Bashar al-Assad.

“As a result some states in the region have already started to look at developing more multilateral relations rather than just relying on Washington. America seems to suffer from schizophrenia when it deals with the Arab world.”

He added that America’s recent involvement in the region’s conflicts meant many Arab states now doubted whether they could rely on the West to protect their interests.

“You do not need to reassure us,” said Sheikh al-Khalifa, “You need to listen to us, because we know Iran well.”

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