King Salman receives Russian defense minister

Randolph Lopez
October 7, 2017

Salman will meet President Vladimir Putin on Thursday and they are expected to discuss extending oil production cuts ahead of the OPEC oil cartel meeting in November. The Moscow meeting between the two leaders is seen by analysts as a venue to deepen the relationship and, in the near term, allow the Saudis to nudge Russian Federation toward extending the pact. That agreement, to March 2018, could be extended, President Putin told reporters yesterday.

Salman arrived in Moscow along with Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Minister of State Musaed al-Aiban.

Relations between the two countries have often been strained.

With diplomatic alliances shifting across the Middle East, Moscow hopes that King Salman's historic four-day visit will show that Moscow can forge close alliances with all the key Middle East players, including Turkey, Iran and now Saudi, the Guardian reports.

In a sign of the improving relationship, Saudi Arabia signed preliminary agreements with Russian Federation to buy S-400 air defence systems, as well as anti-tank weapons and multiple-rocket launchers, the Saudi Arabian Military Industries said.

Saudi King Salman may seek assurances from Moscow that Iran will not have a permanent role in Syria.

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"Undoubtedly, the state of affairs in the oil markets and Russian-Saudi cooperation in the interests of stabilizing the situation on these markets were touched upon", the Kremlin spokesman said.

"We aim to strengthen our relations in the interests of peace and security, in the interests of developing the world economy", the Saudi king responded.

The visit includes talks in the Kremlin with President Vladimir Putin.

He also said the two agreed on the importance of fighting terror and of finding peaceful solutions to conflicts in the Middle East.

The president stressed that Russian Federation is perfectly aware of the concerns of regional countries, including Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

He also mentioned that Russian firms have been discussing possible future deals with energy giant Saudi Aramco, such as the provision of drilling services in Saudi Arabia and in crude trading.

Putin and King Selman are also expected to establish an investment fund of about $1 billion to support energy projects.

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