Moscow rejects Saudi offer to drop Assad for arms deal

Global Post: Moscow has rejected a Saudi proposal to abandon Syria‘s president in return for a huge arms deal and a pledge to boost Russian influence in the Arab world, diplomats told AFP.

On July 31, President Vladimir Putin, a strong backer of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, met Saudi Arabia‘s influential intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, after which both Moscow and Riyadh kept a lid on the substance of the talks.

“Every two years, Bandar bin Sultan meets his Russian counterparts, but this time, he wanted to meet the head of state,” said a European diplomat who shuttles between Beirut and Damascus.

“During the meeting at the Kremlin, the Saudi official explained to his interlocutor that Riyadh is ready to help Moscow play a bigger role in the Middle East at a time when the United States is disengaging from the region,” the diplomat added.

Bandar proposed that Saudi Arabia buy $15 billion (11 billion euros) of weapons from Russia and invest “considerably in the country,” the source said.

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  1. Russian leadership proved great wisdom to refuse Saudi Arab’s desire. Also it is proved how Saudi Arab is big enemy of Syrian Muslims and working on the policy for killing brother muslims. How sad? Thanks to Russian’s refusal to Saudi Arab.

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