Putin chooses not to damage the relationship with Saudi Arabia , and is waiting for an order issue Khashoggi[/size]
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"How can we damage our relations with Saudi Arabia without knowing what actually happened?" Putin asked in a speech at the plenary session of the International Dialogue Forum, which opened in Sochi.
The Russian president said there was no point in taking steps that would harm relations with Riyadh before the investigation was over, calling on Khashoggi, who is believed to have been assassinated, to present evidence to prove that, in order to act on its basis.
The Russian president said that the disappeared journalist, to his mind, was to some extent the elite of Saudi Arabia or in some way connected with the ruling circles in the Kingdom, stressing that it is difficult to talk now what happened to Khashoggi.
Putin pointed out that the complex operations are taking place within the American elite as well, and expressed the hope that things in the United States to the level of Khashoggi.
The Russian president held Washington responsible for the disappearance of Khashoggi on October 2, after entering the consulate of Riyadh in Istanbul, being a resident of the United States.
Putin compared Khashoggi's disappearance to the Scrippel case and urged the international community to come up with common approaches to dealing with such issues.
Putin noted that Western countries had imposed "artificial pretexts" on Moscow for using chemical weapons in the alleged poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergey Scrippal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Britain, March 4, without giving any evidence.
"There has been no evidence of Russia's involvement in the case, but the punitive measures have been taken," he said. "Now they are talking about an assassination in Istanbul but without taking any steps."
Khashoggi's disappearance after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on February 2 has resonated widely in the world, with Saudi officials saying the US-based freelance journalist left the consulate shortly after entering.
For its part, The Washington Post reported that some Turkish officials told their American counterparts that they have audio and video recordings proving the assassination of the journalist inside the consulate building, which was categorically denied by the Saudi authorities.
The Turkish and Saudi sides are cooperating in the investigation, as Turkish investigators searched the Consulate building and residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul.