Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

 

Kremlin: No deal discussed with Saudi Arabia on changing Syria stance

Published time: August 09, 2013 15:10
Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, during a meeting in Novo-Ogaryovo residence with Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence and Secretary-General of the National Security Council, 31 July 2013. Left - Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary, Security Council of the Russian Federation. (Aleksey Nikolskyi / RIA Novosti)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, during a meeting in Novo-Ogaryovo residence with Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence and Secretary-General of the National Security Council, 31 July 2013. Left - Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary, Security Council of the Russian Federation. (Aleksey Nikolskyi / RIA Novosti)

No deal offering rich arms contacts and protection of Moscow’s gas interests in exchange for Russia withdrawing support for Syrian President Assad was discussed during Vladimir Putin’s talks with Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar, the Kremlin said.

“Putin didn’t discuss any deals,” the Russian president’s aide, Yury Ushakov, answered when asked by RT about media reports, which claimed that a $15 billion Saudi offer was put on the table during the Moscow talks on July 31.

"Specific issues of military-technical cooperation development and other aspects of bilateral cooperation weren’t on the agenda,”
he stressed.

According to Ushakov, the talks were organized to clarifying the stance which each country takes in the Syrian conflict.

Despite having opposing views on the issue, Moscow and Riyadh have “demonstrated a similar amount of concern” about the events in the war-torn Middle Eastern state, the aide said.   

Ushakov also informed that Bandar had other contacts in Moscow besides meeting with Putin, but the Kremlin is unaware of the contents of those negotiations.    

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence and Secretary-General of the National Security Council of Saudi Arabia, during a meeting in Novo-Ogaryovo residence with Russian President Vladimir Putin, 31 July 2013. (Aleksey Nikolskyi / RIA Novosti)

Moscow’s official comments come after more than a week since the meeting took place, while the Saudi side remains silent on the agenda of Prince Bandar’s talks in the Russian capital.   

The Saudi Arabian intelligence chief has allegedly offered to buy up to $15 billion of Russian weapons as well as ensure that Gulf gas nations won’t threaten Russia's position as Europe’s main gas supplier, Reuters and AFP reported this week, citing diplomatic sources.

 The terms of the bargain reportedly included Kremlin dropping its support of Assad, as well as not opposing any future Security Council resolutions on Syria.

An undisclosed Arab diplomat told AFP that the Russian president listened to the offer and rejected it, saying that “his country wouldn’t change its strategy” of backing the Syrian government.

Bandar allegedly replied by saying that the only option left in Syria is a military one – and that Russia should forget about the Geneva-2 international peace conference because the opposition would not attend, the source said.

Efforts to stage the peace conference – which has been put forth by Washington and Moscow – have so far been fruitless, mainly because of the absence of unity within the opposition ranks.

The civil war between the government forces and the Western-backed rebels is raging in Syria since March 2011, leading to the deaths of over 100,000 people, according to the UN data.

Comments (16)

 

Alexey Braguine 11.08.2013 04:23

Bandar was sent on a fool's errand as a NATO poodle. Now, the Kremlin is trying to give him face.

 

penelope powell 10.08.2013 12:58

Putin says the Saudi intelligence chief, one of the architects of the Syrian war, shares his concern about the fighting. Putin agrees that S-300 anti-aircraft defenses would be an "irritant" . Doubtless it would irritate the Israeli bombers and the planned no-fly zone. The US characterized its Patriot missiles in Turkey as "peacekeepers&q uot;, just in case Syria felt like attacking Turkey. Putin appeases in words & now in actions. Ah, but its OK. He tells us he'll continue to support Syria politically. Yes, I'm sure Russia's "No" vote for a no-fly zone will protect Syria. Sure.

 

fran7 10.08.2013 11:36

Well done Mr Putin for refusing the bribe of 15 Billion dollars from Saudi Arabia. It shows how desperate the Obama government are becoming because their cannibal rebels are losing against the legitimate government of Syria. The USA should try to solve its own internal problems such as the Bankruptcy of Detroit instead of funding Israel and cannibal rebels with its interventionist policies.

View all comments (16)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or

Name

Password

Show password

Register

or Register

Request a new password

Send

or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:

OK

or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile

X

Name

New password

Retype new password

Current password

Save

Cancel

Follow us

Follow us