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Putin: US will try to impose democracy on Saudi

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (not seen) after their meeting in Moscow, Russia on 28 March 2017 [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Saudi Arabia that the US will try to impose democracy on it, AlKhaleejOnline reported on Friday.

Responded to a question regarding whether Russia was worried that Saudi Arabia would rather a relationship with Washington rather than Moscow, Putin said: "Saudi Arabia must fear that the Americans will impose democracy on it."

He also said that his country plans to expand cooperation with Saudi Arabia and some countries in the region even if they have strong relations with the United States.

"We know that Saudi Arabia has its own interests and that a special relationship with Saudi Arabia is not forbidden for Russia," the president said.

He noted that there is cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Russia as part of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) policy to stablise oil prices.

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