Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Sitrep: Syria: Saudi Arabia offers Russia incentives to scale back Assad support

Saudi Arabia has offered economic incentives including a major arms deal along with Saudi Arabia's insistence to not compete with Russian gas sales. This is conditional so long as Moscow scales back on its support for the Syrian regime, reuters reported on Aug 7.

The proposed deal has been constructed by Saudi Intelligence direction Prince Bandar bin Sultan at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. Russia has supported the proxy war that sees the al-Assad regime as strategic importance in the Middle East. Likewise, the Saudi Arabian government sees a Syrian aligned with Iran as detrimental to its regional hegemony. The deal will tempt the Russian administration, as its strategy has been to further its influence through natural gas contracts, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe.

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