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Saudi offers Russia deal to scale back Assad support

 Saudi offers Russia deal to scale back Assad support

Sources say kingdom to offer Moscow arms deal, gas guarantee.

Source: Reuters

07 August 2013

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal Photo: REUTERS

AMMAN/DOHA - Saudi Arabia has offered Russia economic incentives including a major arms deal and a pledge not to challenge Russian gas sales if Moscow scales back support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, Middle East sources and Western diplomats said on Wednesday.

America's Hypocrisy on Russia

 America's Hypocrisy on Russia

Andranik Migranyan

August 7, 2013

*Andranik Migranyan is the director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation in New York. He is also a professor at the Institute of International Relations in Moscow, a former member of the Public Chamber and a former member of the Russian Presidential Council.

It might be time for Russia to take a time out—a strategic pause—in its relations with the United States. Until now, American politicians have assumed that it is up to Washington to decide the terms of the relationship.

5 years after Georgian- Russian war over South Ossetia

 5 years after Georgian- Russian war over South Ossetia

Sabine Freizer

6 August, 2013

Five years ago this week Georgia and Russia went to war over the tiny territory of South Ossetia and suddenly all eyes were on the South Caucasus.

Saudi Arabia Tries to Cut a Deal With Russia Regarding Syria

 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.

Russia-US relations after Snowden

 Russia-US relations after Snowden
 
Amanda Paul
3 August, 2013
In 2009, US President Barack Obama announced that he wanted to “reset” relations with Russia. Unfortunately, this reset has never really happened.

Turkey fears Russian reactor would not withstand earthquake

Turkey fears Russian reactor would not withstand earthquake

Special to WorldTribune.com


ANKARA — Turkey has been bracing for another delay of its first
nuclear energy reactor.
Officials said the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has been
unhappy with plans by Russia’s state-owned Rosatom to build four 1,200
megawatt reactors at Akuyu.

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