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Saudi Crown Prince phones Putin after attack at oil refinery

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Vladimir Putin and the Crown Prince, the Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, over the phone discussed the attack on the refineries of the kingdom, the Kremlin’s press service said.

The Russian leader emphasized the need for a thorough and objective investigation of what happened.

In addition, Putin and Al Saud discussed the situation in the hydrocarbon market, the progress in implementing the OPEC + deal, and preparing for the planned visit of the Russian president to the kingdom.

It is noted that the conversation took place on the initiative of the Saudi side.

On Monday, after an UAV attack on oil facilities, Putin suggested that Riyadh buy Russian S-300 or S-400 systems.

On Saturday night, Saudi oil and gas companies Saudi Aramco were attacked.

Because of this, the kingdom has lost more than 50% of oil production, reducing production by 5.7 million barrels per day from the usual mark of approximately 9.8 million.

The Hussite Yemeni rebels, against whom the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia are fighting, said that they carried out the attack with the help of drones.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted that there is no evidence that the attack came from Yemen, and blamed Iran directly on it. Tehran denies the allegations. Riyadh said it would invite international experts to participate in the investigation.

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