Saudi Arabia King May Convince Russia To Not Support Assad

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Saudi Arabia King May Convince Russia To Not Support Assad
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Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud  is scheduled to visit Russia by the end of this year, an indication that the relations between the countries are improving drastically.

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The Saudi Arabian Monarch is expected to convince Moscow to help end the crisis in the Middle East and give up its support for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, according to Efim Rezvan, a well-known Arabist professor and scholar in Islamic studies during an interview with Pravda.ru.

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Iran nuclear deal pushed Saudi Arabia to reach out to Russia

Professor Rezvan explained that Saudi Arabia is trying to improve its relations with Russia because of the current developments happening in the Middle East. He added that the Iran nuclear deal pushed the Saudis to reach out to Russia because they felt that the United States let them down despite being partners for many years.

“The Americans really never pull all the eggs in one basket and their ”divide and rule” strategy has always been known. The Saudis try to behave themselves the same way. They have been putting all the eggs in one basket for many years. Now they tried to play the Russian card, and there is also a Syrian aspect here,” said Professor Rezvan.

He added that Saudi Arabia is bribing Russia to stop supporting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and help end the conflict in the Middle East.

Take note that Saudi Arabia recently signed a $100 billion agreement with Russia’s state-owned corporation, Rosatom to build 16 nuclear power plants to generate more than 20 thousand megawatts of electricity. The Kingdom also indicated its intention to purchase Russian tanks and Iskander-E complexes and to invest in agriculture, housing and communal services.

Russia is not yet ready to surrender Assad

According to Professor Rezvan, at present, Russia is not yet ready to surrender Assad at once and fall under an open military blackmail. He emphasized that Russian Foreign Minister offered an alternative to resolve the conflict in the Middle East.

Rezvan said Lavrov suggested to Saudi Arabia to unite all the serious parties to fight the Islamic State so that Assad’s governmental forces would join the coalition. The professor added that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lavrov pointed out that “they do not hold on to Assad.”

Most recently, six Russian MiG-31 interceptor aircraft landed in Damascus followed by giant An-124 Condor transports, which delivered 1,000 Kornet-9M133 third-generation anti-tank guided missiles to Assad’s regime. Russia demonstrated its intention to continue its support for Assad.

Lavrov recently made it clear to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubair that Russia will not stand still for any changes in Assad’s position in Damascus.

When asked if he thinks the West and Saudi Arabia don’t want to fight the Islamic State since they could finish the problem by sending troops, Professor Rezvan said it is obvious that no one wants to fight the terrorist group except Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia does not want the Islamic State to expand into its sacred places. However, 80% of the Saudi population share the IS ideology and rejects the methods used to deal with military and political problems, noted Professor Rezvan.

Russia would benefit from Saudi Arabia relations

He said the Islamic State was created as a so-called Ukraine for Iran, but it also became a headache for Saudi Arabia. “The Islamic State is an adversary of the Saudi Arabia, not the US. So, we can benefit from this revival and unite with the interested parties who really want to compete with the IS,” said Professor Rezvan.

Furthermore, Professor Rezvan said Russia and Saudi Arabia are now closer partners than the United States. He said, “Being a partner of the Saudi monarchy, we can get access to its data related to the Islamic underground. It is clear that we also have our political interests. The Saudis possess resources and data, which can be of some interest to Russia. Thus, the bargaining is going on. The Saudi King visit should be a breakthrough event.”

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Firstly it is the Saudis conspiring with Washington destroyed the economy of the USSR.
    Secondly it is the Saudis conspiring with Washington trying to destroy Russia’s economy nowadays. Or do they think that Putin is so naive?? Syria is a strategic partner of Russia like Israel WAS a strategic partner of the US. And US throw Israel under the bus. But Russia never betrays Syria. Keep dreaming, Marie Cabural….. BS paper.

  2. No way is Russia going to give-up Assad and all the Minorities in mid-east…..They do know and understand that Wahabbism is the source of all Terrorist and Radical elments in the world……Shaking hands with your indirect Enemy is a Tradition of Russians but betraying your friends is not…….The Camel-cowboy would be better off going to his old caliphs Empire Erdogan….

  3. Russia is not some pansy pawn that can be bribed by Saudi pedophiles; maybe Russia should test its Iskandars on one of the “king’s” palaces in Riyadh.

  4. Prince Bendar lost his career and failed to change russian position by using luring and intimidating tactics. Why would this novice little kid be successful? Stop the drama

  5. Author is completely ignorant and out of her caliber in writing strategic middle eastern politics. This is not your sorority card games, first learn about ISIS sponsors and their war against Russia.

  6. Syria Is a” REGIME ” if we believe U.S., israel, saUdi, and Putin has to Believe that, and not to support a government that was providing terror free live for all ethnicities and religion’s, before u.s. created ISIS to fight against that… “democracy” word that western countries love so much to mention when creating turmoil and devastation in other countries for the interest of few. Let’s wait couple of days see what the outcome will be. . Well only two can be…. to tell him to go fuq himself(probably not )or to play a chess game that would get him fuqd slowly but surely. PUTIN IS NOT A SELL OUT..

  7. This article is garbage. The author simply doesn’t understand what is going on. Russia is not “supporting” Assad. Russia is helping Syria fight the barbarian savages that Saudi Arabia has unleashed on it. Saudi Arabia first has to stop the support for these savages before anything else happens.

  8. If there was ever a time that a country really needed a democratic regime change, we have Saudi Arabia.
    Largest sponsor of terrorism and most backward country in the world.

  9. May be Saudi king has to kiss on Putin’s feet literally. Also another question is how much Saudi can pay to Russia? This dying king has to do both.

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