Putin receives warm welcome in Saudi Arabia

Moscow and Riyadh have inked 21 agreements during the Russian leader’s visit to Saudi Arabia. The parties, in particular, signed a charter on cooperation between oil producing countries. The experts and politicians interviewed by Izvestia noted that Monday’s visit could be considered one of Putin’s most important foreign trips.

The bulk of the talks was held behind closed doors, and reporters could only hear some opening remarks. Putin noted that Russia laid special emphasis on cultivating friendly and mutually beneficial ties with Saudi Arabia. For his part, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud stressed that Riyadh appreciated Russia’s active role in the region and in the world and reiterated his country’s commitment to cooperation with Moscow.

Against the backdrop of the important role, which Russia and Saudi Arabia play in the Middle East, Moscow and Riyadh should coordinate their stances on a regular basis, Dmitry Novikov, First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma (lower house) Foreign Affairs Committee, told the paper. He stressed that the two nations had great potential to deepen cooperation. “That applies to both the political and economic spheres. Saudi Arabia and Russia have something to offer in terms of mutual economic cooperation,” he pointed out.

According to political commentator and orientalist Vyacheslav Matuzov, that was one of Putin’s most important foreign trips. “The issue at hand in this case is not only bilateral ties and some commercial results, but also the normalization of the situation in the Middle East in general. That concerns, for example, the situation in the Persian Gulf region, Iran and Syria and also efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he explained.