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Feb. 15, 2008
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Saudi Arabia Eager to Replace Iran
Russias President Vladimir Putin met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal yesterday, February 14, 2008. In Riyadh, they are strongly concerned about the large-scale cooperation of Russia and Iran, particularly the nuclear one.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal stayed in Moscow only for a few hours yesterday, and the meeting with President Vladimir Putin took most of his visit. The prince delivered to Putin a personal letter of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who initiated negotiations.

The sources say the letter describes Riyadhs evaluation of the Middle East situation. But Saud Al-Faisal evidently passed the most vital message by word of mouth. In Saudi Arabia, they are sure that Irans policy will shatter the region in future and the helping hand of Moscow is needed to prevent it.

Riyadh elaborated a plan to save the region from the so-called Iranian threat, where it is to play the key role in tandem with Moscow. So, the Saudi guest endeavored to persuade the Kremlin that stronger Iran would disbalance the Middle East. In return to winding up Russias-Iranian contracts, Riyadh promised to buy Russias weapons at large, replacing Iran as its partner in military and technical field.

Saudi Arabia wont confine to the military deals. The minister urged Moscow to conclude a big agreement of bilateral cooperation, fueling mutual turnover and investments to $50 billion in the nearest five years.
www.kommersant.com

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