Saudi King Salman arrives in Russian Federation for first visit

Reuters

In a major break with decades of rivalry, Russia and Saudi Arabia on Friday struck a slew of deals, including contracts for Russian weapons as part of a groundbreaking first visit by a Saudi monarch.

Navalny, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, was jailed for 20 days on Monday for repeatedly violating laws governing the organization of public meetings and rallies. This leaves Moscow aligned with Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran, whose influence Riyadh fears is growing in the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin distanced himself from President Donald Trump on Wednesday, dismissing the US president as a man he's met once but has no personal relationship with.

Matviyenko expressed her hope that King Salman's visit would be successful and fruitful, and would give a strong impetus to the development of bilateral relations.

Putin described his talk with the Saudi king as very productive, according to comments carried by state media. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said earlier this month that Saudi officials were studying joint gas projects with Novatek.

In recent weeks North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test, and may be fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland.

The Dubai-based television channel also said that Saudi Arabia had signed a memorandum of understanding to help the kingdom in its efforts to develop its own military industries.

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US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert was asked during a recent briefing whether the United States was concerned about the recent moves of its staunch allies - Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It's called diplomacy. We do a lot of that, they do a lot of that.

Putin admitted that he once met United States President Donald Trump, but said he has no personal ties with the US leader.

"Today, we alone as the Russian Direct Investment Fund announced deals worth US$2.1 billion", said Kirill Dmitriyev, the head of the fund set up to attract investment.

Jubeir said that the countries "closely cooperate. on uniting the Syrian opposition and broadening its framework, in order to start the political process" at Geneva peace talks.

Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation produce nearly a quarter of all oil in the world.

Analysts say King Salman and President Putin would try to put those differences behind them. 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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