Russia & Saudi Arabia Sign Billion Dollar Deals During King’s First Ever Visit

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Russia & Saudi Arabia Sign Billion Dollar Deals During King's First Ever Visit

Reuters/Itar-Tass/Presidential Press Service

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on October 4. It is the first state visit to Russia by the Saudi monarch and marks a new level of relations between the countries.

Following the meeting, the two countries launched a joint energy investment fund worth $1 billion. The fund could include investments in natural gas projects and petrochemical plants.

Having shown interest in becoming the second nation in the Middle East after Iran to build nuclear power stations, Saudi Energy Ministry and Russian state atomic corporation Rosatom signed a nuclear energy cooperation agreement. Russia previously helped Tehran complete the Bushehr power station.

Vladimir Putin and King Salman are expected to focus on extending the commitment to cut crude oil output production, which has helped prop up oil prices.

On October 6, the Saudi King will meet with the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to discuss some economic issues, including major infrastructure projects.

King Salman’s heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — a modernising and ambitious proponent of more aggressive foreign policy — has held several meetings with Putin.

The relationship between the two countries could have been described as rocky. During Cold War times, the Saudis helped arm Afghan rebels fighting against the Soviet forces. A more recent point of contestation is the war in Syria, in which Russia had backed Syrian President Bashar Assad while Saudi Arabia had supported his foes.

However, the relations have begun to change in recent years, partly due to the successes of Russian-led advance by the Assad government in Syria, and the consequent military losses for the Saudi and the US-backed opposition, forcing Riyadh to pragmatically cast its lot with the Russian-Iranian-Turkish formation of the de-escalation zones in Syria. Saudis no longer demand Assad’s immediate removal from power and do not oppose Russia’s military operation that has entered its third year. A new meeting of the Syrian opposition in Riyadh is due in the middle of October in a bid to unify the Syrian opposition and restructure its political demands.

This signifies Russia’s presence in the region as a power to be reckoned with. Fearing a long-term presence of Iranian forces in Syria, Riyadh aims to improve the relations with Russia in a bid to dissuade the Kremlin from too close a partnership with its main rival. Israel raised the same concerns as Riyadh, though to no avail.

While Riyadh has maintained its strategic alliance with the US, this development clearly confirms Moscow as a major independent force in the Middle East, having established firm alliances with Iran, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan and now Saudi Arabia.

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  • IH8Lies

    The times are a changing.

  • MD Ranix

    zio wahabbis are up to no good

  • TheSecular

    Are wahhabis jumping ship?

    • goingbrokes

      No! It is not really possible. They underpin the petrodollar, and as we know changes there are not allowed.

  • Dod Grile

    Why its Mr. Bribe.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkpYqKKrewU

    Wink, wink.

  • Garga

    As an Iranian, I find this news outstanding and very heartwarming. Expansion of relations between Saudis and Russia IS good news indeed, if it results in Saudis stopping funding the terror groups and destruction of the region/world.

    • paul ( original )

      I think you could be right in as much as I believe Russia’s inclination
      is to resolve and diffuse differences, whereas America’s inclination
      is to exploit and inflame differences.

    • Tudor Miron

      It would not stop them right away but it is a sign that Saudi Wahhabists realise that US is not able to guarantee SA protection. They will have to start changing their ways – that’s for sure.

  • Alexey Kozyachiy

    I’m pretty sure Putin told him straight up that Middle East is Russian/Iranian, and if Saudis are not playing nice and by the rules they will be excluded from major decision making talks just like the US.
    For us Russians, Saudis are just business. And pretty much everyone knows that they cannot be trusted and have been in bed with the US since 70s

    • Floyd Hazzard

      Dream on. Isn’t it funny they are selling S400 to Turkey and Saudi Arabia but sells delayed and inferior S300 to Iran? The goes are being equipped better than the Allies. Soon any aircraft taking off in Syria can be a shot down from Turkey. I believe Israel will be extremely happy when they do the inspections on the merchandise.

  • samo war
  • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

    One can never Fully trust Wahhabis they will never concede defeat, and maybe will plan to assassinate Putin now.

  • Brother Ma

    I thought turkey will have nuclear power station ready in a few years by russia in akkuyu so making saudi number three in region not number two.

    Saud no longer demand….ywh right as if thwy are in a position to do so. Russia should watch closely…if saud steps out of line , rus should finance shia of saud to get some regime change going! Whats good for zionato is good for russia!

  • Thegr8rambino

    I would nuke the shit out of Saudi Arabia , not sign fucking business deals with them, wtf is this shit???