12 December, 2013
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Saudi Arabia: Bandar meets Putin
General Intelligence Directorate chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin near Moscow, the Kremlin said on 3 December. A previous meeting between the two men, in late July, has been the source of much speculation. The contents of that meeting remain elusive, and there has been considerable, unsubstantiated speculation about whether Bandar offered the Russians oil and investment opportunities in return for concessions on Iran and Syria (GSN 957/7). According to news agencies, the latest meeting discussed the situation in the Middle East and North Africa.