Kremlin says no deal reached with Saudi on changing Syria stance

August 9, 2013 15:16

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has not made an agreement with Saudi Arabia to scale back support for Syrian President Bashar Assad in exchange for economic incentives including an arms deal, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Commenting on a Reuters report that Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar made the proposal to Putin at talks last week in Moscow, Putin's foreign policy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said no deal had been discussed in detail.

He also said no specifics about military cooperation had been discussed but did not issue a denial that the broad outlines of a proposal had been presented to Putin.

"Putin did not discuss a deal," Ushakov told reporters. "No specific questions on developing military cooperation were discussed."

Suggesting the meeting had been short on detail, he said: "It was a very rich and interesting meeting that was of a philosophical character."

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