Has Putin Sold Assad to Saudis?

Oct 21, 2015

“The majority of strikes, according to the analysis, have instead been in areas held by other groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which include al Qaeda offshoots but also fighters backed by Washington and its allies.” Reuters story

Nov 14, 2015

Saudis: “We will support the political process that will result in (Assad) leaving, or we will continue to support the Syrian opposition in order to remove him by force.” Reuters story

Feb 3 2016

Lavrov: “Russian strikes will not cease until we really defeat terrorist organisations like Jabhat al-Nusra. And I don’t see why these air strikes should be stopped,” Reuters story

Feb 17, 2016

“Dominant OPEC power Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC Russia, the world’s top two producers and exporters, agreed on Tuesday to freeze production levels …” Reuters story

Mar 15, 2016

“President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that “the main part” of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw …” Reuters story

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