Saudi king signs lucrative deals on landmark Russian Federation visit

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has called on supporters to hold rallies against Vladimir Putin's rule as the Russian president marks his 65th birthday

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Saudi King Salman.

Photos show Putin personally pour a cup of tea for his royal guest at the Kremlin Palace.

King Salman has become the first sitting Saudi monarch to visit Russian Federation.

Saudi Arabia is at war with Iranian-allied rebel fighters in Yemen and is embroiled in a diplomatic standoff with Qatar, which has found support from Tehran.

Speaking alongside Lavrov, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Moscow and Riyadh agreed on the need to preserve Syria's territorial integrity. Our relations have an extremely large history, "he said".

Saudi Aramco and Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) is expected to sign an MoU with Russia's biggest petrochemical firm Sibur to examine opportunities for building petrochemical plants in the two countries.

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia announce large investment agreements and joint ventures to further cement relations.

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At the core of Saudi Arabia's regional woes is its rival Iran, which is backed by Russian Federation. Saudi Arabia is the country that buys the most USA arms and Washington and Riyadh in May announced a $110 billion deal to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Members of the Saudi Arabian delegation disembark from a plane upon their arrival at Vnukovo airport outside Moscow, Russia October 4, 2017.

Russian Federation may agree to extend the oil-supply agreement until the end of 2018, Putin said Wednesday, although he'll wait to make a decision nearer the expiry of the existing pact in March.

On Friday, Russia and Saudi Arabia struck a slew of deals, including contracts for Russian weapons.

There has been no immediate USA reaction to the growing ties between Riyadh and Moscow.

He also said that that Riyadh is "eager to continue the positive cooperation between our nations in the world oil market".

Asked about ties with Riyadh during a panel discussion at an global energy conference Wednesday, Putin responded that Moscow doesn't see close US-Saudi relations as an obstacle for closer cooperation with the Saudis, and added that alliances tend to shift. But on Syria, the two countries remain divided with Washington's focus on fighting ISIS the Islamic State group, not on ousting Assad. Fyodor Lukyanov, the Kremlin-connected chairman of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, said Riyadh saw closer ties with Moscow as expedient for the moment, and was "diversifying risks" by buying arms from both Moscow and the US.

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