Mr. Putin met the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia during a quick trip to the Middle East

Dec 07, 2023

Mr. Putin met the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia during a quick trip to the Middle East

Moscow [Russia], December 7: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed strengthening cooperation on oil prices between the two countries as members of OPEC+, during a meeting in Riyadh on December 6.
President Putin and Crown Prince MbS held talks in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia , a few hours after the Kremlin owner visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on December 6, according to Reuters.
Russian media quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying that Moscow and Riyadh will continue to cooperate in OPEC+, a group that brings together members of the National Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies led by Russia. head.
The meeting took place after oil prices fell despite OPEC+'s commitment to continue cutting production. Saudi Arabia and Russia are the world's largest and second largest oil exporters, respectively, maintaining important influence on global oil prices.
"We talked again about cooperation within OPEC+... The parties agreed that our two countries have a great responsibility to interact to maintain the international energy market at an appropriate level, in a stable state." and predictable," Interfax news agency quoted Mr. Peskov as saying.
Saudi Arabian state media said that during the talks, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman praised the coordination between the two countries "which has helped ease tensions in the Middle East".
"We have many common interests and many problems that we are solving together for the benefit of Russia, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and the whole world," SPA news agency quoted the crown prince as saying. , who also holds the position of prime minister of Saudi Arabia.
In the opening speech of the talks shown on Russian television, Mr. Putin thanked Mr. Mohammed bin Salman for the invitation to visit Riyadh. The original plan was for the Saudi crown prince to go to Moscow "but there have been changes," according to the Russian leader.
Mr. Putin also said that their next meeting will take place in Moscow and "nothing can stop the development of friendly relations between us."
"Dear friend"
The Russian Ministry of Defense previously posted images showing the Ilyushin-96 plane carrying Mr. Putin escorted by Sukhoi-35S fighter jets during the flight from Russia to the UAE.
Mr. Putin's delegation includes top Russian officials in oil, economics, foreign affairs, space, nuclear energy, and business leaders.
At his first stop in Abu Dhabi, President Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (MbZ) of the UAE welcomed his "beloved friend", while UAE planes flew across the sky strewn with the colors of the country's flag. Russia.
"Our relations, largely thanks to your position, have reached an all-time high... The UAE is Russia's main trading partner in the Arab world," Putin told him. Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
Mr. Putin's most recent visit to the Middle East was in July 2022, when he met with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran. The Russian President is expected to welcome Iranian President EbrahimRaisi in Moscow on December 7.
Source: ThanhNien Newspaper