Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz is on a four-day state visit to Russian Federation along with his entourage of 1,500 people, a golden escalator and his own carpets, a person familiar with the matter said. Putin said. "I think that all things change".
King Salman, on his part, said he was happy to visit Russian Federation and expressed his willingness in strengthening relations in matters of peace and security and his interest in the development of the global economy.
Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin were slated to talk about global oil market and the war in Syria, the latter of which has been a source of tension between the two nations in recent years.
King Salman's visit to Russian Federation has been widely interpreted as a sign of Russia's growing influence in the Middle East. "This would demand that Iran give up interference with the internal affairs of the region, to give up actions destabilizing the situation in this region".
Another potential point of disagreement between Riyadh and Moscow could be Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Huthi rebels since 2015, drawing criticism from Moscow. The Russian president spoke ahead of meetings with the leaders of key Opec members, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
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Salman's visit caps off a number of visits to Russian Federation over the past two years by Gulf royals, including by his heir and son.
Moreover, he underlined the importance of maintaining the territorial integrity of Iraq, in a clear allusion to Iraqi Kurdistan, which on September 25 held an independence referendum.
"We believe that new horizons have opened up for the development of our relations that we could not previously have imagined", he also said.
The US is still Saudi Arabia's top weapons supplier and an important ally, but yesterday's deals highlighted Russia's growing influence in the Middle East.
"We are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away", the president added.
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.
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