Details of secret talks between Putin, Saudi prince leaked; Intel head admits to controlling Chechen jihadists in Syria
Aug 27, 2013
Saudi intelligence has issued a tacit threat to have terrorist
attacks carried out in Russia at the Winter Olympics in February 2014,
should the state continue to support the Assad regime in Syria.
The threat was revealed in leaked transcripts of a closed-door
meeting three weeks ago between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Saudi Prince
Bandar bin Sultan.
It appears that following initial vocal concerns expressed
by Gulf state diplomats and senior leaders of the Syrian opposition,
the leaked material was provided to the Russian media. More details then
emerged in the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, which is sympathetic to
Hezbollah and thus extremely inhospitable toward Saudi Arabia.
The respected middle east news agency Al Monitor
carries a translated version of the As-Safir report which suggests that
during the talks, Bandar, who heads the primary Saudi intelligence
agency, allegedly presented a cornucopia of offers and threats with
regards to Syria.