Report: Saudis Offer Moscow Billions to Break with Tehran

[ AFP] Saudi Arabia has offered to buy Russian arms worth $2.4 billion if Moscow stops supporting Iran. "The kingdom's government advised Moscow to cut back its cooperation with Tehran, and in exchange it held out the prospect of profitable contracts with Saudi Arabia," the Russian business newspaper Kommersant reported Tuesday. Citing sources in Russia's defense 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. A spokesman for Russian Prime Minister Putin denied the report.

2008-07-16 01:00:00

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