The oil beneficiary of Saudi Arabia, Aramco remains under the consequences of the recent attacks, and the blame still remains on Iran without a reliable evidence. The Russian President Vladimir Putin recently came to defend the Islamic Republic and said that the claim has no enough proof.
Although he condemned the attack on Saudi’s infrastructure, he said that that the United States presented no proof that Iran had a role in or that it was responsible for the strikes. “We condemn such acts no matter who is behind (them). It is a destructive event that had a toll on the whole global energy market,” Putin said to the audience at a NBC-moderated panel.
According to a translation, he added, “But we’re against shirking the blame upon Iran, because there is no real proof behind that and yesterday we spoke about that with President (Hassan) Rouhani. His position is that Iran would not assume any responsibility and is in no way related to that act.”
Amidst the ongoing war in Yemen between the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, Saudi Aramco’s facility at Abqaiq and the Hijra Khurais oil field were attacked by 25 drones and missiles, on September 14. The oil facilities are still damaged, and extensive repair work is underway.
The Houthi rebels claimed responsibility of the attacks, but the US suggested that Houthi-support Iran had a role in the attacks. Tehran, on the other hand, denied the allegations of its involvement in the Saudi Aramco attacks, and called them “meaningless” and “pointless”.
When asked if he accepted Iran’s denial following the US intelligence services’ blame at the country, Putin said that these intelligence services “served the foreign policy of the U.S., but they have not come up with any evidence.”
“Let’s not be guided by emotions but by facts,” he added.
When asked about a possible meeting between the Presidents Donald Trump (US) and Hassan Rouhani (Iran), Putin said that Russia believes that “dialog is always better than confrontation.” He added, “The Russian Federation has been supportive of Iran, wholeheartedly, trying to minimize the negative impacts and risks that are confronting the global energy market.”
At an energy conference in Moscow, the Russian President stated that France attempted to set up a meeting between US and Iran, but the attempts failed because Tehran called for Washington to remove its sanctions.
With rising tensions in the Gulf, Iran has become a major target of the Arab powers that mostly remain an ally to the United States, which is a long time rival of Tehran. Despite the Houthi’s claiming responsibility of the Saudi Aramco attacks, Washington brought the Islamic Republic in the picture, saying that there was no proof of the drones coming from Yemen. Since there is still no proof to Iran’s involvement in the attacks, it appears that Vladimir Putin’s stance is considerable.