Putin and Saudi king turn the page on decades of tensions

Reuters

According to the expert, the first ever visit of King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to Moscow is likely to strengthen Russo-Saudi ties. Therefore this visit of King Salman is expected to script a new beginning in the region.

Iran must refrain from interfering in Middle Eastern conflicts because such involvement has destabilised the region, King Salman told Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to comments carried by the Interfax news agency. Pursuing its path towards strengthening its clout in the Middle East region, Russian Federation is playing every card to be a flawless host to King Salman, who has become the first reigning monarch to visit Russian Federation.

"The visit is likely to strengthen trade ties between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, but most are wondering whether two of the world's major oil producers will be discussing a collaboration to improve the price of oil", Ahmad said.

The two countries also agreed to cooperate in nuclear energy, agriculture, information technology; trade, investments and social development.

More recently, tensions were high over the war in Syria, in which Russian Federation has staunchly backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad while Saudi Arabia has supported his foes.

Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel al-Jubeir said after talks with Valentina Matviyenko, chairman of the State Duma, that King Salman and Putin would sign a package of bilateral agreements of great importance.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman said at the start of talks in Moscow with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Thursday that the global community must take responsibility for what is happening to the Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar.

The company building the stadium said in August it was 30 days behind schedule but hoped to make up for lost time and end work on the venue by the end of the year, the initial deadline for its completion.

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia are heavily dependent on oil exports and the global plunge of the price of crude that began in 2014 lashed both their economies.

'Catalonia independence from Spain just days away'
A child wears an " estelada ", or Catalonia independent flag, with others in a protest in Barcelona , Spain, Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017. Spain's reaction: The Spanish government did not recognize the move, calling it illegal, according to The Telegraph .

"The defense department supports fully Secretary Tillerson's efforts to find a diplomatic solution but remains focused on defense of the United States and our allies". Syrian opposition groups are due to meet in Riyadh this month in an attempt to iron out their differences.

"Twenty-five more projects in various economic sectors are now being studied", the minister was quoted as saying by Tass.

A Saudi-Russian business forum is also taking place during the King's visit.

The message of further joint Saudi-Russia action on output helped push up oil prices on Thursday.

Russian Federation is not a member of the oil cartel Opec, but it has collaborated with Opec members on suppressing production to drive up oil prices.

Putin said earlier on Wednesday that he had not yet decided whether he would run for re-election in March 2018, something he is widely expected to do. Oil rose after Mr Putin's statement.

The Saudi energy minister has said his country is open to all options.

As many as 100 Saudi businessmen are accompanying King Salman on his trip to Moscow.

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