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Putin, Salman hold talks behind closed doors in Moscow

09 October, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Putin, Salman hold talks behind closed doors in Moscow

That marked a shift for the kingdom, which buys most of its military kit from the United States and Britain.

King Salaman also told Putin Iran should stop meddling in Middle Eastern conflicts.

Earlier, Saudi King and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdul Aziz arrived in Moscow Thursday for a two-day official visit to Russian Federation.

The visit is considered to be the result of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's efforts, who built friendly ties with Putin during his first visit to Russian Federation in 2015 as his country's defense minister.

Moreover, the talks between the leaders of the two countries could contribute to the settlement of the Middle Eastern crisis, the expert argued.

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia are on opposite sides of the war in Syria, but both countries are partners in the oil market. Perhaps, the military-technical cooperation between our two countries will start also. The previous time he was in Moscow in 2006 as the governor of the Riyadh Region.

Despite regional disagreements, Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia found common ground on energy policy in November, when they worked together to secure a deal between OPEC and other oil producers to cut production in an effort to drive up oil prices.




These contracts are "expected to play a pivotal role in the growth and development of the military and military systems industry in Saudi Arabia", the statement read.

King Salman called Russian Federation a "friendly" country and told Putin that their talks will boost the global economy as well as help create worldwide stability and security.

The two countries also signed a deal to set up a $1 billion joint investment fund.

The approval opens the way for Saudi Arabia to purchase 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radars.

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund, announced in 2015 plans to invest $10bn in Russian Federation over the next five years, though only a fraction of that has so far been put up.

On Wednesday, Mr Putin said a global deal to cut oil production in order to raise prices could be extended to the end of next year. But on Syria, the two countries remain divided with Washington's focus on fighting ISIS the Islamic State group, not on ousting Assad.

A Saudi plane is travelling daily between Riyadh and Moscow to transport supplies, said the person, who said that 800kg of food has been brought in.

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