Saudi Arabia-Russia Rapprochement in Salman’s ‘Landmark’ Russia Visit  

President Putin with With King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia Photo: en.kremlin.ru
President Putin with With King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia Photo: en.kremlin.ru

In King Salman’s historic visit to Russia, Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to buy S-400 air defense systems from Russia.

This tour by the Saudi King is said to be a landmark visit because Salman is the first incumbent Saudi King to visit Russia.

The announcement of the agreement came on Thursday after Russian President Putin hosted his Saudi counterpart.

The Saudi military industry firm SAMI said this deal is “expected to play a pivotal role in the growth and development of the military and military systems industry in Saudi Arabia.”

President Putin with With King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia Photo: en.kremlin.ru
President Putin with With King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia Photo: en.kremlin.ru

The apparently delighted Russian President Putin said, “This is the first visit by a Saudi Arabian monarch in the history of our relations and that in itself is a landmark event. I’m sure your visit will boost the ties between our countries.”

The Saudi King said his country expects to strengthen the relations with Russia in “interests of peace and security, in the interests of developing the world economy.”

King Salman also demanded Iran to give up interfering in the Middle East for the region’s peace and stability.

“We emphasize that the security and stability of the Gulf region and the Middle East is an urgent necessity for achieving stability and security in Yemen.  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.”

President Putin with With King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia Photo: en.kremlin.ru
President Putin with With King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia Photo: en.kremlin.ru

Russian FM Lavrov said in a joint press conference with his Saudi Counterpart, Putin and Salman had a “friendly and substantial discussion based on a desire by Moscow and Riyadh to consistently grow mutually-beneficial partnerships in all spheres.”

Saudi FM al-Jubeir said, “Relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia have reached a historical moment. We are certain that the further strengthening of Russian-Saudi relations will have a positive impact on strengthening stability and security in the region and the world.”

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia in Russia Photo: en.kremlin.ru
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia in Russia Photo: en.kremlin.ru

Saudi Arabia, under this deal, is set to buy rocket launchers and Kornet anti-tank systems as well.

The Russian economy is expected a boost given the multi-billion dollars Riyadh-Moscow investment deals.

Moscow economy has been suffering the Western sanctions and low oil prices. The newly signed investment deals are the beacon of hope for the Russian economy.

“We believe that new horizons have opened up for the development of our relations that we could not previously have imagined,” told the Saudi FM al-Jubeir.

 


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