Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Tuesday that a bill to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia for a year has been submitted to the US Senate.
The draft law, published by Blumenthal on his website, states: “temporary suspension for one year of direct commercial and foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia of weapons and ammunition”.
The United States announced on Tuesday that it needs to reconsider relations with Saudi Arabia, after it supported the decision of the “OPEC +” group to reduce oil production.
The Saudi-led “OPEC+” group agreed to cut production by almost 2% of global supplies, which reduces production in a market facing critical conditions and increases the likelihood of higher fuel prices as Washington seeks to restrict Russian energy revenues.
John Kirby, coordinator of strategic communications at the White House National Security Council, said the United States needs to reassess its relationship with the kingdom, including arms sales.
“I think the president was very clear that this is a relationship that we need to continue to reassess, that we need to be ready to reconsider, and certainly in light of the OPEC decision, I think this is his time,”he added.