Among the many articles and analyzes that dealt with the dimensions of the historical visit to Russia by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, I read some articles that come close to wishful thinking or political idealism. But in one strange Qatari newspaper article, I read that "the purpose of this visit [King Salman's Russia visit] is to persuade Russia to restrain Iran and stop its political and geographical expansion," and that Putin said "he will not change his position on Tehran to please anyone, even Saudi Arabia." The article then goes, "it may be in the interest of Moscow in the light of these developments, to please Ankara and Tehran, more than Riyadh, [as the king himself] now felt the need to go to Russia, after Obama handed over [...] Syria to Putin, and Trump [did so too]."

Maybe the author thinks that Saudi Arabia is going to Russia with all its weight and strategic position to ask the Russian president to change his position on Iran in exchange for new relations with Saudi Arabia, but why now? Why not during the period of tense relations in the late period of the Obama presidency after the signing of the nuclear agreement with Iran? Surely, that would have been the ideal timing to play such a "naive" card, not now when the new American president provides the strongest support for Riyadh's efforts in the fight against terrorism and shared its strategic views at the Arab Islamic American Summit of 2017.

We do know not how the author came with this. We cannot imagine a country of the caliber of Saudi Arabia in regional and world politics asking a major power like Russia to change its positions promising it business deals.

Saudi Arabia pursues its strategic interests wherever they were. It is natural for the Saudis to re-think their relations with Russia in the light of the current strategic scene and to make decisions that serve the national interest and the Gulf and Arab security.

Articles like this one show how the concern the Qatari media has about the strategic moves of Saudi Arabia on the regional and international levels.

The Qatari media was not concerned, however, about Iran relations with the United States in 2015 and its signing of the nuclear agreement with the Obama administration. Back then, they said it a "genius" move to expand the Iranian sphere of influence. Now, they criticize the Saudis for their active engagement in the oil market and for their building a new network of economic and trade relations with Russia.

The mass media of Qatar is more and more targeting Gulf and Arab countries and collaborating with their enemies, with many Qatari newspapers reproducing ideas and material published by Iranian ones.

Qatar is aware that the visit of the Saudi king to Russia represents an important strategic shift in the map of international and regional ties. Qatar also knows that it is the biggest loser with every move by the big players in the Middle Eastern arena.