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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on Monday for his first visit in over 12 years.
The Russian leader was greeted at King Khalid International Airport by Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar following his arrival on Monday, before being welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, commonly known as MBS.
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Putin was then given an official welcoming ceremony in his honor, before signing various agreements between the two countries including a pact on oil cooperation. The two sides also signed a number of multi-million-dollar investment contracts aerospace, culture, health, and technology sectors.
The visit comes as Putin mediates between two friendly countries, Turkey and Syria, following the former’s decision to invade the latter. Last week, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a majority Syrian Kurdish coalition that Turkey considers a terrorist group, to ally with Syria’s Russian-backed dictator Bashar al-Assad.
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The meeting marked the strengthening relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia following years of cooperation in a bid to keep oil markets stable, despite being on different sides of regional conflicts in Syria and Yemen. Russia is a traditional ally of Iran, Saudi Arabia’s most belligerent enemy.
In an interview with Arab broadcasters aired on Sunday before arrival, Putin said he...
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