Moscow and Riyadh are not agreed on the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria in exchange for cooperation in the oil issue. This was announced by the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Kingdom, Abdulaziz al-Jubayr, his words are reports Reuters.
“As far as I know — I think I’m in the position to know it, is not so,” said al-Jubayr, answering the question about the existence of such “oil conspiracy”. He also noted that Saudi Arabia views positively the decision of Moscow on the withdrawal of the main part of the military contingent. “We hope that this will serve to accelerate the political process in Geneva forcing the Assad regime to make concessions, required for the onset of the transition period,” he concluded.
The withdrawal of the Russian military groups from Syria began on 15 March on the orders of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the same day the U.S. state Department praised the decision. The next day in a similar way and expressed Tehran.
The talks on the situation in Syria under UN auspices with the participation of the government, opposition, Russia, the USA and other States started on 14 March in Geneva. The agenda defined by the UN Security Council.
From February 27 in Syria at the initiative of Russia and the USA the agreement on a ceasefire. The document provides, in particular, that military action will continue against the “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia) and other extremist organizations identified by the UN security Council.
February 16, Russia and several OPEC members (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Venezuela) agreed to freeze oil production in order to support the quotation, subsided for a year and a half by 70 percent. Also about the intention to join the agreement said Iraq and Kuwait, and on 20 February, is now Nigeria. Russian energy Minister Alexander Novak said that over 15 countries have publicly confirmed readiness to freeze oil production at the level of January 2016.