Published: Fri, October 06, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

King Salman and Putin hold 'substantive' talks in Moscow

King Salman and Putin hold 'substantive' talks in Moscow

The statement came as Saudi Arabia's King Salman visited Moscow. And Russia is close to Iran, a fierce adversary of Saudi Arabia despite their status as OPEC members.

Riyadh supports rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's forces while Russian troops and Iranian militias have sided with Assad.

The Kremlin said ahead of the visit that Salman and Putin will discuss "the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, especially focusing conflict situations in the region".

Putin described his talk with the Saudi king as very productive, according to comments carried by state media.

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defense signed contracts with the Russian government to procure the S-400 air defense system, the Kornet-EM system, the TOS-1A, the AGS-30 and the Kalashnikov AK-103.

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.

On or hand, two countries continue to cooperate in efforts conducted by OPEC and non-OPEC countries for balancing of oil prices.

Furthermore, the two countries have signed a number of lucrative deals paving the way for the further development of the Russo-Saudi relationship.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week that a pledge by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers, including Russia, to cut oil output to boost prices could be extended to the end of 2018, instead of expiring in March 2018.

Saudi Arabia does most of its trading with the United States but may be looking to diversify that. Both are US allies, strong USA allies.

"I haven't decided whether I'm going to run at all". We don't know. Who knows what they have there and where. "Do you feel that USA allies are sort of moving away from the United States of America and going elsewhere, maybe forming new alliances?" a journalist asked.

"Both countries are looking to reap political and economic benefits during the visit", said Yury Barmin, an expert at the Russian International Affairs Council.

"Is there anything in the world that stays unchanged?"

"Today we see the market is in balance and we are seeing a return on investment in the industry", Novak said.

Following a meeting in Vienna in September, OPEC and Russian Federation said they were about halfway toward clearing the global glut and urged fellow producers to stay focused and finish the job, while stopping short of announcing additional action.

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. Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and other countries of the region gradually turn to Russian Federation being fed up with the policy of the USA.

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