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Saudi Arabia Tries to Cut a Deal With Russia Regarding Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for a meeting with Russian Orthodox church officials in Moscow's Kremlin, July 25, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Alexander Nemenov)
By: Sami Kleib Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon).
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal recently accused Russia of “supporting genocide” in Syria. Saudi Arabia has repeatedly said that Moscow will harm its Middle East interests if it keeps supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has continued to support Assad, thus prompting a visit to the Kremlin by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief and the secretary-general of its National Security Council.