During the official visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Saudi Arabia, more than 20 agreements were signed.
Among these documents: a charter on long-term cooperation of oil-producing countries, as well as a statement of intent between Roscosmos and the Saudi Space Commission on cooperation in the field of financing of space and the GLONASS global navigation satellite system.
In addition to this, a high-level Russian-Saudi strategic cooperation program was signed together with the IGC, a protocol between the ministries of energy of the two countries on cooperation in the relevant field, and a memorandum on visa facilitation.
In anticipation of the trip, Putin said his current visit is a response to the arrival of the Saudi monarch in 2017.
“As for the visit to Saudi Arabia, we attach great importance to this. This is in a sense a return visit - after the visit of the King of Saudi Arabia, the Guardian of two shrines to Russia. It was the first historical visit, ”Putin said in an interview with RT Arabic, Sky News Arabia and Al Arabiya.
As part of his trip to Riyadh, Putin met with King Salman bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.
Before the conversation between the leaders of Russia and Saudi Arabia, a royal reception was held in honor of the guest, after which Putin and Salman went by electric car to the meeting room.
Opening the negotiations, the Russian President noted the importance of Russian-Saudi coordination in the light of ensuring security in the Middle East and North Africa.
“I am convinced that without the participation of your country, it is hardly possible to achieve a just and long-term settlement of a particular regional problem,” Putin said.
He stressed that a visit to Saudi Arabia could give a new impetus to the cooperation of the two countries. The head of the Russian state also drew attention to the growth of trade between the two countries and the effective work of the intergovernmental commission.
In turn, King Salman praised the active role that Russia plays in the region and in the world. According to the monarch, Saudi Arabia seeks to work together with Russia on all issues, the solution of which can help strengthen security, stability and peace, the fight against terrorism and extremism, as well as strengthen economic growth.
According to the monarch, the two countries have friendly relations in all areas, and assured that Saudi Arabia will strive to strengthen cooperation in all areas.
- Putin talks with King Salman bin Abdel-Aziz Al Saud
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Later, in a conversation with reporters, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov mentioned topics raised during the negotiations.
“A thorough exchange of views took place on regional issues, on the situation on the energy market, on oil prices, to put it simply,” RIA Novosti quotes Peskova. According to him, it was also about military-technical cooperation.
At the end of the meeting, Putin presented to the Saudi monarch the Kamchatka gyrfalcon.
“Gyrfalcon, very good. In Kamchatka, we are creating a breeding center, ”the head of state said. In response, the monarch thanked Putin and handed him a picture.
More details about the bird were previously told in the Russian delegation. It is noted that a beautiful gyrfalcon was specially selected.
“This is a girl, she was given the name Alpha, but the right to choose a permanent name will be left to the Saudi side,” RIA Novosti said.
After meeting with the king, Putin held talks with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. According to SPA, during this conversation, aspects of Saudi-Russian relations, cooperation between the two countries, cooperation in the field of energy, investment in infrastructure, as well as the situation in Syria and Yemen and the importance of the fight against terrorism were discussed.
At the end of this meeting, Putin presented the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia with a mammoth tusk product, said Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian leader.
Summing up the visit to Riyadh, Putin himself described the talks as business and constructive.
“In the course of the absolutely constructive business negotiations with the King of Saudi Arabia and with the Crown Prince, we agreed to encourage in every possible way the initiatives of the business community aimed at expanding trade relations,” the Russian president said.
He also mentioned the agreements of the two countries in the fields of energy, industry, transport, banking, digital technology and space exploration.
Important Putin called the interaction between Russia and Saudi Arabia in the field of agriculture. According to the Russian leader, agreements have been reached on expanding the supply of Russian agricultural products to Saudi Arabia.