fredag 9 augusti 2013

Saudiarabien erbjöd Ryssland 100-miljarders vapenaffär - mot President Assads avgång

RT 2013-08-07. Saudiarabiens erbjudande till Putin: - Vi köper vapen för 100 miljarder av Ryssland - Om Ryssland överger Syriens President Assad... (engelsk text)

Saudiarabien: - Skippa Assad så köper vi Ryska vapen för 100 miljarder...

RT 2013-08-07. Saudi Arabia has reportedly offered to buy arms worth up to $15 billion from Russia, and provided a raft of economic and political concessions to the Kremlin - all in a bid to weaken Moscow’s endorsement of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The diplomatic initiatives were anonymously voiced to Reuters by multiple Gulf state diplomats and senior leaders of the Syrian opposition, in the wake of last week’s meeting in Moscow between Russian President

Vladimir Putin and Saudi National Security Council chief Prince Bandar bin-Sultan. The Saudi politician has orchestrated his country’s foreign policy in recent months.

"Bandar offered to intensify energy, military and economic cooperation with Moscow," a senior Syrian opposition figure told Reuters.

"Bandar sought to allay two main Russian fears: that Islamist extremists will replace Assad, and that Syria would become a conduit for Gulf, mainly Qatari, gas at the expense of Russia."

The $15 billion figure was touted by a representative of the anti-Assad opposition, which Saudi Arabia has strongly backed throughout the rebellion in Syria which has lasted more than two years. Meanwhile, a Gulf source claimed that no specific figure was involved.

Moscow and Riyadh, which traditionally acquires its arms from the United States, have had a massive contract on ice since 2008. Under Saudi Arabia’s terms, Russia would supply a huge assortment of equipment, including 150 T-90 tanks and more than 100 attack helicopters.

In the past, Moscow has supplied billions of dollars worth of weapons to Assad, as well as maintained a naval base in Syria.

Together with China, it has consistently blocked UN Security Council resolutions, saying they do not place any demands on the opposition - only on Assad. [...]

Moskva avslog erbjudande om att skippa Assad mot lukrativ vapenaffär i 100-miljardersklassen 

RT 2013-08-08. Moscow has said “no” to Saudi Arabia’s alleged proposal of a rich arms deal and protection of Russia’s gas interests in the Middle East in exchange for abandoning Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to Arab and European diplomats.

The proposal of $15 billion in weapons contracts was allegedly made during the July 31 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and influential intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Reuters reported.

Neither Moscow nor Riyadh has officially commented on the agenda of the talks, but a Thursday AFP report revealed new details of the negotiations.   

According to an undisclosed European diplomat, Prince Bandar proposed the deal and told Putin that "whatever regime comes after" Assad will be "completely" in Riyadh’s hands. The Prince reportedly stated that if the deal was accepted, Saudi Arabia would not sign any contracts damaging Russian interests by allowing Gulf countries to transport its gas across Syria to Europe.

The terms included Moscow dropping its support of President Bashar Assad, as well as not opposing any future Security Council resolutions on Syria.

"President Putin listened politely to his interlocutor and let him know that his country would not change its strategy," a separate Arab diplomat told AFP.

Bandar bin Sultan then told Russian officials that the only option left in Syria is a military one – and that they should forget about the Geneva-2 international peace conference because the opposition would not attend, the source said. Efforts to bring about the conference – which has been put forth by the US and Moscow – have so far been fruitless, mainly because of the absence of unity within the opposition ranks.

Russia and Saudi Arabia - which traditionally buys its military hardware from the US  – have had a massive arms contract frozen since 2008. Back then, the sides agreed that Moscow would supply a huge assortment of equipment, including 150 T-90 tanks and more than 150 attack helicopters, to the Gulf state.  [...]

Saudiarabien erbjöd Ryssland 100-miljarders vapenaffär - mot President Assads avgång

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  1. -Saudi Arabia wants to destabilize Iraq: Zayd al-Isa-


    Press TV has conducted an interview with Zayd al-Isa, Middle East expert, about terrorist attacks in Iraq. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

    Press TV: Zayd al-Isa, tell us based on some analysis on this it is Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda’s Iraq who is exercising what has been couple months of some of the worst terrorist attacks and deaths that Iraq has witnessed.

    So if that is the case, do you agree and how far Saudi Arabia is willing to go through al-Qaeda for example in undermining the al-Maliki government?

    Al-Isa: Well it is absolutely clear and indisputable that the al-Qaeda in Iraq helped by and supported by the remnants of the Baathist and the Saddamist who are carrying out those attacks.

    The al-Qaeda in Iraq has been dramatically bolstered. It has gained ground in terms of its power, prowess and influence in Iraq and that is all because of the arming, funding and salaries paid and logistical support given by Saudi Arabia mainly and Qatar to Jabhat al-Nusra which is part and parcel of al-Qaeda.

    Now Jabhat al-Nusra is in Syria, it is another Wahabi Salafi group which is as the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the criminal of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq has said clearly that Jabhat al-Nusra is nothing but mainly an extension and its head al-Jawlani is simply a foot soldier of al-Qaeda.

  2. -Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria-

    August 26, 2013

    Source: SMH, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

    Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria.

    The revelations come amid high tension in the Middle East, with US, British, and French warships poised for missile strikes against Syria, and Iran threatening to retaliate. The strategic jitters pushed Brent crude prices to a five-month high of $US112 a barrel.

    ‘‘We are only one incident away from a serious oil spike. The market is a lot tighter than people think,’’ said Chris Skrebowski, editor of Petroleum Review.

    Leaked transcripts of a behind closed doors meeting between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan shed an extraordinary light on the hard-nosed Realpolitik of the two sides.




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