Thursday, 2 April 2015

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal: Putin and his Russian Arms Responsible For Catastrophe In Syria

The following was reported by

On March 29, 2015, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal strongly criticized Russian President Putin, asking: 
"Aren't we entitled to ask him how he can call for a peaceful solution [in Syria], while at the same time continuing his support for the Syrian regime?" Al-Faisal was speaking at the Arab League Summit in Sharm Al-Sheikh, responding to the reading of Putin's letter earlier to the participants.

Saud Al-Faisal: "Mr. President, I have a comment about the letter that came from the president of the Russian Federation. He talked about the problems afflicting the Middle East as if Russia is not influencing these problems. Take Syria, for example. The [Russians] are talking about the tragic situation in Syria, although they play a pivotal role in the tragedies afflicting the Syrian people. They give the Syrian regime more weapons than it needs to fight its own people. They provide it with strategic weapons. There are even reports that some weapons provided by Russia violate the international regulations restricting lethal arms. It is noteworthy that Russian law itself prohibits Russia from selling weapons to countries that use them for attack, rather than for defense. So how can we possibly accept what he is proposing to us all?"

Who is Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud?
HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Born: 1940 
Education: BA in Economics, Princeton University, 1964. 
Positions Held: Deputy Governor of Petromin, 1970-71; Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, 1971; Minister of Foreign Affairs since 1975.