Int'l Community May Agree on Lifting Russian Sanctions - Saudi Foreign
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir says that it is possible to reach an
agreement among members of international community to lift sanctions against
Russia, and this may happen soon.
23:15 06.10.2017(updated 00:04 07.10.2017)
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — It is possible to reach an agreement among members of
international community to lift sanctions against Russia, and this may
happen soon, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said Friday.
"We are working with Russia as a friendly country. We, of course, respect
the international law, but we do not believe that our investments in Russia
violate it. We think that it is possible to reach an agreement in the
international community on lifting of these sanctions," Jubeir said in an
interview with Rossiya-24 television.
The minister added that, in his opinion, "it could happen soon."
Adel Jubeir also noted that Saudi Arabia does not believe that by developing
relations with Russia it violates the strategic partnership with the United
"Our relations with the United States are really a strategic partnership,
but we do not believe that we are violating it by developing relations with
Russia. We want to cooperate with many countries, including Russia," Jubeir
According to the Saudi minister, strong relations with Russia will help
successfully resolve the problems arising in the Middle East.
"The same applies to the US. The more partners we have, the better it will
be for everyone," Jubeir stressed.
On Wednesday, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia began his
first-ever visit to Russia. During his visit, the Saudi King has met with
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He
discussed bilateral cooperation, the situation in Syria as well as the
Middle East, energy and other issues with Russian president.
Also, Russia and Saudi Arabia signed a program of bilateral cooperation in
the energy sector, a Sputnik correspondent reported earlier.