Saudis offer Moscow billions to break with Tehran
Written by AFP   
Tuesday, 15 July 2008

The GPO Uralvagonzavod T-90 is a Russian main battle tank derived from the T-72, and is currently the most modern tank in the Russian Ground Forces (Seen here in Red Square 2008 during the V-Day Parade)
The GPO Uralvagonzavod T-90 is a Russian main battle tank derived from the T-72, and is currently the most modern tank in the Russian Ground Forces (Seen here in Red Square 2008 during the V-Day Parade)

MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia has offered to buy Russian arms worth 2.4 billion dollars (1.5 billion euros) if Moscow stops supporting Iran, a Russian newspaper reported Tuesday, citing diplomatic sources. "The kingdom's government advised Moscow to cease its cooperation with Tehran, and in exchange it held out the prospect of profitable contracts with Saudi Arabia," the daily business newspaper Kommersant wrote.

The report came one day after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met with the General Secretary of Saudi Arabia's Security Council, Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

Citing sources in Russia's defence industry, the newspaper said Saudi Arabia was ready to buy at least 100 BMP-3 combat vehicles, 150 T-90 tanks and 160 Mi-17, Mi-26 and Mi-35 helicopters.

Kommersant put the total value of the equipment at about 2.4 billion dollars (1.5 million euros).

Moscow has opposed stiffer international sanctions on Iran for its nuclear programme, which Tehran says is civilian in nature. Relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia - a traditional US ally - have warmed considerably in recent years.
 

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