Russian Human Rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov expressed "grave concern" over clashes between Saudi authorities and peaceful protesters in the east of the Kingdom which occurred last weekend.
During a demonstration by Shiite Muslims Alarabiya
reported the Russian Foreign Ministry claims two people were killed and 20 wounded, a claim denied by Saudi authorities.
reported the statement released by the Saudi Foreign Ministry condemned the Russian envoy's remarks as "hostile", stating it regarded the remarks as an unjustified and blatant interference in the affairs of a sovereign state.
The statement went on to read: "The kingdom hopes that this strange comment was not intended to divert attention from the savage and ugly massacres that the Syrian regime is practicing against its own people with support and backing from known parties that are obstructing any honest effort to end the bloodshed of the Syrian people."
According to rferl
analysts attribute the exchange of words between the two countries as in part due to their "opposing stance on Syria."