DUBAI - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that any dialogue about the crisis engulfing Syria would at present lead nowhere, criticizing Russia's decision earlier this month to veto a UN Security Council resolution.
"As for now, any discussion about the situation (in Syria) would be fruitless," the Saudi state news agency SPA quoted the Saudi monarch as saying during a telephone conversation with Medvedev on Wednesday.
"It would have been better if our Russian friends coordinated with the Arabs before using the veto in the Security Council," the king said.
"We cannot abandon our religious and moral position towards the situation in Syria."
The defeated Security Council resolution, which was also vetoed by China on February 4, backed an Arab plan urging President Bashar Assad to give up power.