Saudi: Continued Russian support for Syrian regime 'surprising'

By Ahmed al-Masri

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia`s Foreign Ministry on Friday described Russia`s continued support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria as "surprising."

Russian support for al-Assad is "one of the main factors encouraging the Damascus regime to continue its tyranny and injustice," the ministry said in a statement carried by Saudi`s official SPA news agency.

The ministry also voiced surprise over earlier statements by the Russian Foreign Ministry warning Riyadh against supplying Syrian opposition fighters with portable missile launchers.

In Tuesday statements, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned that such a move would threaten the stability of the Middle East and beyond.

"What`s really surprising is that Russia continues to support the criminal Syrian regime and even thwarts political solutions sought by the UN Security Council," read the Saudi Foreign Ministry`s statement.

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