Thursday, 8 August 2013

Saudi Arabia offers Russia economic incentives to end Syria support

'Middle East sources said on Wednesday that the proposed deal was set out by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week, Reuters reported.

Syrian opposition sources close to Saudi Arabia said Prince Bandar offered to buy up to USD 15 billion of Russian weapons as well as ensuring that Persian Gulf gas would not challenge Russia's gas sales to Europe.

In return, Saudi Arabia wants Moscow to lessen its strong support for the Syrian government and to agree not to block any future United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Syria.'