Russia & china condemned Houthi rebels’ attacks on Saudi oil installations

Islamabad: Russia and china strongly condemned the bomb-laden drones attack on oil production facilities of Saudi oil giant Aramco in Abqaiq and Khurais by Yemen’s Houthi rebels who claimed the responsibility for the attacks. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in her daily media briefing in Beijing said “China condemns this attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities and opposes any attacks on civilians or civilian facilities.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned the recent drone attacks on oil production facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia while condemning rushed accusations against Iran. “We strongly condemn attacks on non-military targets, the destruction of socio-economic infrastructure and any actions that can unbalance demand and supply for energy and provoke a new wave of instability in the global hydrocarbons market,” it said in a statement.

On Saturday, U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the drone attacks, an allegation Iran has denied. Pompeo tweeted that the United States will work with its partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied.

The Russian foreign ministry reiterated the need to quickly end the armed confrontation and start negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations with the participation of all leading socio-political forces and religious groups in Yemen. “In our opinion, this will benefit the Yemenis and neighboring countries, as well as other states that have serious interests in this strategically important area of the world,” the ministry said.

No human casualties have been reported in the attacks. The attacks resulted in a decline of Saudi oil exports by 50 percent, according to the reports.

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