11:37 GMT20 September 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a conversation with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, condemned the launch of a missile targeting Riyadh from Yemen and noted the importance of investigating the incident, the Kremlin's press service reported Thursday.

    It was noted that during the conversation, acute issues of the Middle East agenda were discussed in detail, including the development of the situation in Yemen.

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    "The King of Saudi Arabia expressed serious concern about the launching of a ballistic missile targeting Riyadh by the Yemeni Ansar Allah militants on December 19. Condemning such actions, Vladimir Putin noted the importance of a comprehensive investigation of the incident and spoke in favor of resolving the Yemeni crisis exclusively by peaceful means, through a national dialogue," the press service said.

    The phone conversation between two leaders comes after Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile targeting its capital, Riyadh, fired by Yemeni Houthi rebels on Tuesday.

    Saudi Arabia accused Yemeni Houthi rebels of smuggling short-range ballistic missiles from Iran, the kingdom's key rival in the region.

    Previously, Saudi Arabia's air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis in November. The first missile was shot down on November 4 near the Riyadh international airport, while the second was intercepted on November 30 in the south of the country.

    Top US officials, including US President Donald Trump, also blamed Iran for the Houthis' attack, with Envoy to the UN Nikky Haley calling for Tehran to be held accountable for a ballistic missile launched by Yemeni rebels targeting Saudi Arabia in July 2017, as it was allegedly an‎ Iranian Qiam.


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