ISTANBUL – World leaders have condemned the crippling attack on Saudi oil installations last weekend as a blow to the global economy and a threat to regional stability.
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia evidently also saw it as a chance to make a sales pitch, or at least enjoy a joke, at the expense of the West.
Mr. Ankara with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Monday after a meeting on the Syrian conflict.
Iranian officials have blamed Iran for the attack on Saudi Arabia, Turkey is a major regional rival to the kingdoms, and Mr. Putin has sought to expand Russian influence on all three countries, including through weapons sales.
" We are ready to help Saudi Arabia protect their people, "he said, with a somber face, but beginning to bob slightly in his chair. Mr. Erdogan did by deciding to buy the most advanced S400 air defense systems. "
" These kinds of systems are capable of making any kind of infrastructure in Saudi Arabia from any kind of attack, he added.
Mr. Rouhani, seated next to Mr Putin, laughed visibly. Mohamed Javad Zarif, chatting on himself in the audience.