Putin The Peacemaker? Russia Aims To Calm Middle East Tensions

Putin The Peacemaker? Russia Aims To Calm Middle East Tensions

Monday's forum comes in line with the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Kingdom.

A crippling attack on key Saudi oil facilities last month raised new questions about Saudi Arabia's ability to protect itself, even with its expensive relationship with the United States and the masses of USA -made weapons it buys. Yemen's Houthi rebels, whom the kingdom has been battling since March 2015, claimed the assault, though analysts say the missiles used wouldn't have the range to reach the targets in the kingdom from Yemen.

"There will also be a deal in the area of petrochemistry, with (Saudi Arabia's) Sabic, but not with (Russia's) Sibur", Dmitriev noted.

"As far as Russian Federation is concerned, we will do everything possible to create the necessary conditions for a positive dynamic", Putin said in the interview broadcast Sunday.

"Imagine, we don't know". The crown prince later engaged in a conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

In an embarrassing admission for the Donald Trump administration, he said USA missiles can have "mixed success" to the Department of State Press.

Tensions in the Gulf region have risen to new highs since May 2018, when the Trump administration withdrew from a 2015 worldwide nuclear accord with Tehran that put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of sanctions.

The interview was aired on Sunday ahead of Putin's visit to Saudi Arabia on October 14. The two countries are both major oil producers, and Moscow recently stated that it remained committed to working with Saudi Arabia to support oil prices by curbing output.

President Putin and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have met for talks in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh.

The S-400 system is considered one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world, but most USA allies have avoided purchasing it for fear of angering Washington. Though Turkey is a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and an ally of the United States, Russia began deliveries of its S-400 missile defense system to Turkey in the summer, hastening a spat between Ankara and Washington, which suspended Turkish involvement in the U.S. F-35 fighter jet program in response. Russian Federation and Iran back President Bashar al-Assad, while the Saudis support the opposition seeking his ouster.

A congress convened by Russian Federation a year ago tasked the United Nations envoy for Syria with forming a committee to draft a new constitution, after many rounds of talks to end the war failed.

"It is possible, and we should, discuss Iran's missiles programme... but the missile programme is one thing and the nuclear program is another thing", Putin was quoted as saying.

But "it is important for Russian Federation that an Arab country participates in the political settlement in Syria", said Lukyanov.

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