On October 11, Saudi Arabia ambassador in Jordan Khalid bin Turki Al Saud said that the delivery of advanced S-300 air defense systems to Syria will not help to end the war there. Bin Turki also claimed that the real problem in Syria is the Damascus government.
“I believe that the problem is not the presence of the S-300 systems, the problem is the presence of the Syrian regime. Russian arms deliveries to Syria will not help solve the Syrian crisis,” Bin Turki told the Russian news agency Sputnik in an interview.
The Saudi ambassador went on to accuse the Damascus government of violating human rights and said that the current leadership shouldn’t have a saying in Syria’s future.
“Those who govern Syria now have crossed the red lines in the human rights issue and we, as well as many other states, believe it impossible that they have their say in the future,” the ambassador said.
Saudi Arabia abandoned its hostile stand on Syria after the beginning of the Russian military campaign there in 2015. However, the Saudi ambassador statements lead to speculations that the kingdom may be planning to escalate the situation once again in order to pressure Iran.