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06 October 2017, 12:38 | Myrtle Vega
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud acceded to the Saudi throne in 2015
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told journalists that "relations between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia have reached a historic moment".
The King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, arrived in Moscow on September 4.
"The Russians have gone out of their way to welcome the Saudi King, hoping to open a new page in relations with the wealthy kingdom", said Fawaz Gerges, professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics.
While they are partners on the oil market, on the foreign policy front, Moscow and Riyadh land on opposite sides of the Syrian conflict, with Russian Federation supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad while Saudi Arabia supports his opposition.
Russia'sKommersant business daily reported Putin and Salman were also due to discuss an arms deal worth more than $3 billion, to supply Riyadh with S-400 air defence systems. And Russia is close to Iran, a fierce adversary of Saudi Arabia despite their status as OPEC members.
The message of further joint Saudi-Russia action on output helped push up oil prices on Thursday. The agreement regulated actions between oil producing countries to cut their oil output, which made it possible to stabilize oil prices on the world market after their considerable decline.
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Speaking in an interview broadcast on Al Arabiya TV on Monday, Novak said that the fund will focus on "strengthening of cooperation in oil, gas, electricity renewable energy and other projects for oil and gas equipment". "Saudi Arabia plans to launch a major nuclear power program", said Russian Energy Minister and Co-Chairman of the Russian-Saudi Intergovernmental Commission Aleksandr Novak.
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"Whether we will extend these agreements or not will depend on the situation in the world market", he said.
In July, Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov announced the signing of a preliminary agreement in the field of defense cooperation between the Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia in the amount of 3.5 billion United States dollars.
The S-400 is Russia's most advanced long-range anti-aircraft missile system and can carry three types of warheads created to destroy targets including ballistic and cruise missiles.
Expanding on this, Ahmad continued: "In the past, Saudi Arabia has expressed a commitment to increased production cuts to bolster the market".
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