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In addition, the Saudi authorities believe that the actions of Russia in Syria will involve it in the inter-communal war and will attract new Syria extremists. The source added that during the talks in Riyadh said it would continue to support the Syrian moderate opposition. Prince also confirmed the unchanged position on the fate of President Bashar al-Assad: one of the conditions for a peaceful settlement in Syria is Assad's departure.
The talks were held in Sochi October 11th. As an important fact observers stressed that Prince Muhammad bin Salman considered likely successor to the king.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the sides discussed steps to approximate the political settlement process in Syria. The Saudi Foreign Minister, in turn, expressed his concerns about the operation of Russia in Syria. Saudi Arabia called for a political solution in Syria on the basis of the Geneva Communique and the Transitional Government with the participation of representatives of the regime and the opposition.
Saudi Arabia was among the seven countries which in early October called on Russia to stop to put air strikes on Syrian opposition. Joint statement on behalf of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued then.
In a statement, Turkey has offered Russia "focus" on the fight against Islamic militants, and expressed deep concern about the air strikes that inflicts Russian aviation targets in Syria.
After that Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to condemn the actions of Russia after the start of bombing in Syria. Riyadh believes that Russian bombs LIH position and destroy the moderate opposition. Saudi Arabia is a party to the international antiterrorist coalition, formed by the United States, along with Qatar, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. Sunni Saudi Arabia from the beginning supported antiasadovskie some groups in the region, fighting the growing influence of Shiite Iran.
October 9 anonymous source Bi-bi-si in the government of Saudi Arabia said that the kingdom in response to air strikes in Syria, Russia plans to increase the supply of weapons to the three groups of the Syrian armed opposition. Support can get "Jaish al-Fath", "Free Syrian Army" and "Southern Front". The source said that radical groups will not receive support.
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The Saudis have a big foot in OPEC. Some have mentioned lately that one reason for Russia going to Syria is to up the price of oil, which they're desperately hurting in. But the Saudis can stop that from happening, via OPEC.
Remember when the price started to go down. It was after a meeting between the US and the Saudis.