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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Saudi King tells Russian President talks on Syria 'futile'

Saudi King Abdullah has told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that it is 'futile' to talk with Medvedev's good friend, Bashar al-Assad (Hat Tip: MFS - The Other News).
Saudi’s King Abdullah told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday that dialogue on Syria was “futile,” the official SPA news agency reported, hinting at the need for action to halt the bloodshed.

Russia should have “coordinated with the Arabs... before using the veto” to block a resolution on Syria in the U.N. Security Council, King Abdullah was quoted as saying.

“But now, dialogue about what is happening in Syria is futile,” the Saudi monarch told Medvedev in a telephone discussion on the escalating bloodshed.

According to the report, the king told Medvedev that Saudi Arabia “will never abandon its religious and moral obligations towards what’s happening.”

The Kremlin released a statement earlier on Wednesday saying the two leaders exchanged views about the situation in the Middle East in light of the events in Syria, but gave no further details.
Don't expect a Russian mea culpa. That won't happen. But perhaps in a few weeks it will be possible to introduce another UN resolution if the Chinese can also be brought to task.

In the meantime, the civil war in Syria will continue.

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