Saudi King arrives in Moscow

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian state television footage showed.

The Rossiya-24 channel showed Salman’s plane arriving at Vnukovo airport outside the Russian capital.
Saudi king arrives in Moscow: Russian state TV

The sense of occasion is understandable. This is the first official visit by a Saudi king to Russia in the two nations' histories. And it will be watched closely around the world — perhaps especially in Washington.

The United States has been Saudi Arabia's most important ally for more than 70 years. In contrast, Riyadh forged relations with Moscow only after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Even then, it took a while for things to warm up: Although Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Saudi capital in 2007, then-King Abdullah didn't repay the favor.

Times have changed. Abdullah died in 2015, leaving Salman and his powerful young son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in charge. Amid geopolitical uncertainty, with U.S. global leadership questioned and oil prices depressed, Saudi Arabia and Russia appear to have reconsidered their arm's-length relationship and moved toward something closer.
More: Why Washington will be watching a Saudi king's visit to Moscow

Also: Saudi's king in Moscow: An unexpected rapprochement

We shall see what he and Putin talk about. There is talk of the Saudis investing in Russian toll roads and other infrastructure: Saudi Arabia to invest into Russian toll roads

We'll see what happens with that. Most of the conversation will focus on Syria though, no doubt.
 
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Saudi king arrives in Moscow: Russian state TV



More: Why Washington will be watching a Saudi king's visit to Moscow

Also: Saudi's king in Moscow: An unexpected rapprochement

We shall see what he and Putin talk about. There is talk of the Saudis investing in Russian toll roads and other infrastructure: Saudi Arabia to invest into Russian toll roads

We'll see what happens with that. Most of the conversation will focus on Syria though, no doubt.
The military relationship with Saudi Arabia goes back a long time. We, in essence, agreed to provide them with defence in exchange for their oil. We have nothing to fear from a rapprochement with the Russians.

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The military relationship with Saudi Arabia goes back a long time. We, in essence, agreed to provide them with defence in exchange for their oil. We have nothing to fear from a rapprochement with the Russians.

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True, US-Saudi relationship goes all the way back to FDR

Times change, however ;)
 

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Russia and Saudi Arabia have clinched a number of lucrative deals as King Salman paid the first official visit to Russia by a Saudi monarch.

Reports say the deals range from an arms deal worth $3bn (£2.3bn) to a $1bn energy investment fund.

The king said the world's two top oil exporters would continue to collaborate to stabilise oil markets.

However, the agenda also included issues on which the two sides deeply differ, including the war in Syria.

Both sides are involved in the conflict, but on opposing sides.

Nonetheless, Moscow is keen to present this visit as a symbol of the success of its intervention in Syria in terms of reviving Russian influence in the Middle East, says the BBC's Sarah Rainsford.

The visit by the Saudi king - and his 1,000-strong delegation - is seen as an expression of that revived power, she says.

President Vladimir Putin hailed the visit by the 81-year-old king as a "momentous" event, reported Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. Mr Putin expressed hope that it would boost ties between the two countries.

"We aim to strengthen our relations in the interests of peace and security, in the interests of developing the world economy," the Saudi king responded, according to AFP news agency.

The two sides have an interest in co-operating on a number of fronts.

On Wednesday, Mr Putin said a global deal to cut oil production in order to raise prices could be extended to the end of next year.

The Saudi energy minister has said his country is open to all options.

Russia is not a member of the oil cartel Opec, but it has collaborated with Opec members on suppressing production to drive up oil prices.

Saudi Arabia has agreed to invest $1bn in Russian energy projects, while Russian petrochemicals giant Sibur will build a plant in Saudi Arabia in a separate $1.1bn agreement.

And a deal has also been reached for Russia to supply Saudi with S-400 anti-aircraft missiles.
https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-europe-41512759

Wow, they met in the Kremlin's Andreevsky Throne Hall
[video=youtube;bczgmVnshxw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bczgmVnshxw[/video]

I think the only others he ever met at the Throne Hall, have been maybe US Presidents

and China's Mr. Xi also

The Throne Hall is where meets those he deems at least equal to himself in the geopolitical heavyweight boxing ring.

I also cannot help but think that, perhaps, given the Saudi monarchy's close ties with their Wahhabi Muslim clerics, this was another reason for the greeting at the Throne Hall, which symbolizes, in many ways, the power of the Russian Orthodox Christian Church within her State, now revived


These days, the Church (once again) has the use of the Hall, where their national Congress of Archbishops meets on occasion, to vote on issues within the Church

and Putin sometimes also attends the meetings


So, I suppose this may also have been a subtle message from Putin to the Saudi King, that he us meeting not only another country's President, of whom he has met plenty before, no doubt, but the leader of another religious civilisation...

Regardless... Good to see them signing all these investment deals. Money is always good lol

But the fact that Russia is selling S-400s to Turkey, and now the Saudis, is worrying. One should not share auch tech with those still also close with one's potential adversary (America).

But, I suppose Putin knows what he is doing... :smiley-shrug:

No doubt he THINKS he does, anyway... lol
 
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https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-europe-41512759

Wow, they met in the Kremlin's Andreevsky Throne Hall
[video=youtube;bczgmVnshxw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bczgmVnshxw[/video]

I think the only others he ever met at the Throne Hall, have been maybe US Presidents

and China's Mr. Xi also

The Throne Hall is where meets those he deems at least equal to himself in the geopolitical heavyweight boxing ring.

I also cannot help but think that, perhaps, given the Saudi monarchy's close ties with their Wahhabi Muslim clerics, this was another reason for the greeting at the Throne Hall, which symbolizes, in many ways, the power of the Russian Orthodox Christian Church within her State, now revived


These days, the Church (once again) has the use of the Hall, where their national Congress of Archbishops meets on occasion, to vote on issues within the Church

and Putin sometimes also attends the meetings


So, I suppose this may also have been a subtle message from Putin to the Saudi King, that he us meeting not only another country's President, of whom he has met plenty before, no doubt, but the leader of another religious civilisation...

Regardless... Good to see them signing all these investment deals. Money is always good lol

But the fact that Russia is selling S-400s to Turkey, and now the Saudis, is worrying. One should not share auch tech with those still also close with one's potential adversary (America).

But, I suppose Putin knows what he is doing... :smiley-shrug:

No doubt he THINKS he does, anyway... lol
It's nothing to worry about. Geopolitics do not play for a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Russia. They have more disagreements than the United States has with Iran and North Korea combined. The goal is to reduce oil production to increase the price of fuel. That's it. And that's all that's coming out of this.

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