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    Kremlin Denies Saudi Arabia Offered Putin $300 Bln to Stop Supporting Assad

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    Moscow denies media reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Saudi Arabia’s defense minister allegedly discussed a buyout of $300 billion for Moscow to drop its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Kremlin spokesman said that media reports claiming that Saudi Arabia had allegedly proposed Russia to drop its support of the Syrian president and offered money instead was just a paper hoax.

    “There’s nothing to this, it’s a paper hoax,” Peskov said.

    The reports come as a Saudi delegation visited the Russian city of Sochi on October 11 to meet with the Russian leader and discuss the Syrian crisis.

    Saudi Arabia is among countries which question Assad's legitimacy. Riyadh is also a part of the US-led international coalition fighting against ISIL. The coalition has been launching airstrikes and training the so-called 'moderate' Syrian opposition without permission from the United Nations or Damascus.

    Meanwhile, Russia believes that the Syrian people should choose their own future and Assad is the legitimate Syrian president.

    Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with the army loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting several opposition factions and numerous militant groups, including the Islamic State and the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate.

    Russian jets commenced pinpoint airstrikes against the Islamic State targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Assad.


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