Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the capital Riyadh. According to a statement released by the Kremlin, the meeting between Putin and bin Salman began at the Yemame Palace in Riyadh.
In his speech at the beginning of the meeting, Putin recalled that the Soviet Union was one of the first countries to recognize Saudi Arabia and said, “This happened almost a hundred years ago. A lot has happened in our relations during this time. However, in the last seven years, our relations have gained quality and reached an unprecedented level. We have very good and stable relations in the fields of politics and economy.”
Pointing to the importance of the meeting, Putin said it provided an opportunity to exchange views on the situation in the region.
“We have stable and very good relations in the political cooperation, economic and humanitarian spheres. Of course, it is very important for all of us to exchange information and assessments of what is happening in the region,” Putin said during a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Of course, it is very important for all of us to exchange information and assessments of what is happening in the region.” “Your Majesty, first of all, I would like to thank you for your invitation. We were expecting you in Moscow. But I know that circumstances have changed these plans. But as I said, nothing can prevent the development of our friendly relations,” Putin said.
“While I am here for a planned visit to the United Arab Emirates, I took advantage of your invitation to come to your country to chat with you and all our friends with whom we have been really actively developing our cooperation over the past seven years,” the Russian leader said, adding that he decided to visit Saudi Arabia as part of his Middle East tour.
“But the next meeting should be in Moscow,” Putin added. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responded to Putin’s invitation by saying, “Absolutely, I am ready for it.”